510, G Street, Mountain Lake Park, Garrett County
Creedmore is a large 2 1/2-story frame house built in the Queen Anne style on the corner of G Street and Baltimore Avenue in Mountain Lake Park. It is similar in size and general style to many of the late-19th century houses within the nearby Mountain Lake Park Historic District. The house is built on a T plan with a large 2 1/2-story polygonal gable-roofed bay forming the stem of the T. The house is covered with board-and-batten siding on the first story and fishscale shingles on the second and attic stories, a treatment often seen in Mountain Lake Park. The most unusual feature of the exterior is the oddly shaped roofline on the southeast tower with its flaring eaves and oval windows. The floor plan consists of polygonally shaped living and dining rooms and a kitchen, with bedrooms on the second floor. Much of the original oak woodwork and trim has remained and the house is in relatively good condition. Alterations are limited to the enclosing of the wrap-around porch on the north side, the addition of service rooms on the west side, and the concrete basement.
Creedmore is significant as one of the most unusual and best preserved examples of Queen Anne style architecture in Mountain Lake, itself an important collection of turn-of-the-20th-century resort houses. Built in 1903-1904, Creedmore has many distinctive architectural features which make it unique in the community, including the oval windows and unusual roofline, as well as the extensive use of shingling. Like other houses in Mountain Lake Park, Creedmore was built as a summer residence and had an extensive wrap-around porch to take advantage of the view from its tree-shaded lot. When the resort at Mountain Lake began to decline in the 1920s, many of the old summer houses were pulled down, particularly in the northern half of the town, and thus Creedmore is an important reminder of this prosperous social and cultural center of 19th century Garrett County.