August 19, 2016

Preservation Personals: Soak Up the Suburbs in Historic Fashion

  • By: Meghan White

Have you ever wanted to live in a designated historic district? What about a town in which residents actually go to the local post office for their mail? Well, Garrett Park, Maryland, might be the perfect fit.

This early suburb sprouted from the popularity of the railroad at the turn of the 20th century and was advertised as “the suburban town of the National Capital” by its designer, Henry N. Copp. Today, the neighborhood looks like the perfect set for a 1980s rom-com starring John Cusack.

Though suburbs dot the borders of every major city in our country, the historic feel of Garrett Park makes this neighborhood stand out. Its street names—such as Strathmore Avenue—were derived from locations in Walter Scott novels. And the streets themselves are shaded by large trees, shrubs, and plants that lend the residential community its suburban feel. With the exceptions of the post office, town hall, and one store, Garrett Park is as strictly residential now as it was in the 1890s. If you need a change of scenery, an easy 30-minute commute by train gets you to the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C.

As a historic house myself, I’m considered a contributing element to the town’s charm. I am right in the middle of Garrett Park’s historic district, and I was built the same year that my neighborhood was incorporated. I have plenty of windows to let in light on sunny days, though I recommend my wraparound porch to soak up the sun and enjoy the friendly neighborhood atmosphere.

I’ve retained plenty of original architectural elements, including three fireplaces with moldings. My vast number of built-ins—bookshelves, a china cabinet, and a butler’s pantry near the dining room—make me an organizer’s dream. I also feature hardwood floors, coffered ceilings, hinged-windows, a big kitchen, and stained glass.

If you’re interested in making me your next home in the suburbs, please read more about me and my town here.

Hodge House Exterior

photo by: Tamara Kucik

11013 Montrose Ave. Garrett Park, Md. 20896

Hodge House Sitting Room

photo by: Tamara Kucik

My sitting room offers ample space for your extensive library.

Hodge House Porch

photo by: Tamara Kucik

My wraparound porch is the perfect place to soak up the sun and the sweet suburban vibes.

By: Meghan White

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