Photo credit: Ann Burns , 10/1981

Property Name: Glamorgan
Date Listed: 9/13/1984
Inventory No.: G-IV-B-010
Location: Church Street, Deer Park, Garrett County

Description: Glamorgan is a large 2 1/2-story frame building built in 1888 by a wealthy Philadelphia banker. One of the largest and most sophisticated examples of the Queen Anne style of architecture in Garrett County, Glamorgan is asymmetrical in both plan and appearance, and possesses a picturesque roofline of gables, bays, and a round tower with high, conical roof. The exterior exhibits a wide variety of textural treatments including board-and-batten siding, shingled gables, and multi-paned windows. Built as a summer house, Glamorgan was also designed with a number of wraparound porches, one of which was enclosed when the house was converted to year-round use in the 1930s. The house is in good repair and has remained almost entirely in its original state, both on the exterior and inside. The interior is notable for its fine chestnut woodwork, including the hall fireplace mantel, staircase, and trim, as well as unusual fishscale shingle wainscoting.

Significance: Glamorgan, or Kittery Hill, is significant as one of the largest and most architecturally sophisticated Queen Anne style residences in Garrett County. The asymmetrical plan and irregular roofline, as well as the board-and-batten siding, decorative shingling, and multi-paned windows are all salient characteristics of this style which enjoyed great popularity for residential construction during the late 19th century. During this same period Garrett County enjoyed great popularity as a summer resort and Glamorgan is typical of the elaborate Queen Anne style houses built by wealthy summer visitors to this area. As many of these are no longer standing, Glamorgan is an important reminder of this period of great economic prosperity in Garrett County history.




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