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Dawson Street House
25802 Dawson Street
Bellevue, Maryland Talbot County

Additional Houses:
St. John's Caretaker's House

Wilson House


Context Description First Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan Details Preservation Plan


Dawson Street Store


In its original location the Dawson Street House was located on the north side of Dawson Street, northeast of the Dawson Street Store. The house has not been in use for some time. At the time of documentation it was stripped of all interior walls, finish and partition walls, and missing several windows.


The Dawson Street House is a two-story, three-bay, gable-roofed, frame building measuring approximately 16 feet deep by 26 feet wide. Horizontal lapped siding sheathes the exterior walls. Fenestration varies between the elevations. The southwest elevation has three symmetrically-spaced bays on each floor -- a central door with a window on either side on the first floor, and three windows on the second floor. The northeast elevation has a similar pattern on the first floor, but only two windows on the second floor, in the two outermost bays.
The northwest gable elevation exhibits only one opening - a door at the western side - and the southeast gable is blank.


First Floor Plan
The interior of the building has been stripped down to the framing. Many of the partition walls are missing, but evidence survives in the form of ghost marks on the floor and joists, revealing a central-hall, single pile plan.
Evidence of ghost marks from the plaster indicate that the partition walls were covered with lath and plaster.
Chimneys once stood at each gable end.
The overall construction technique used was a variation of balloon framing with diagonal braces providing extra support to the frame.


Second Floor Plan
The second floor plan is also gutted of partition walls, but there is evidence to suggest that it followed a plan similar to the first floor.
The most decorative feature of this floor would be the banister and newel post for the stair. The banister is no longer in place, but was found leaning against one of the walls


The turned newel post and banister are still in place on the first floor level. One square baluster per tread graces the open string stair. Each baluster, or vertical piece, is squared. The handrail is flat with slightly rounded edges.


Preservation Plan
Cory T. and Barbara H. Oliver donated both buildings, the Dawson Street house and store, to Habitat for Humanity, who will continue to pursue the course of action the Olivers began: restoration of the house and store. Victor McSorley of Bay Hundred Historical Association has been hired to begin the preservation process of the house and he will be assisted in his endeavors by the volunteers of Habitat for Humanity. The house will retain its basic architectural form, but to meet housing codes, a rear addition will be added. The final result, will be a modernized dwelling with three bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a livingroom, and eat-in kitchen. Upon its completion, the Habitat house will be sold to a desrving family.


Contact Person: Lucretia Krantz (410) 820-6186



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