Monday, May 18, 2020

Our 1909 Building and Ellicott & Emmart

Last week, I posted on the 111th Anniversary of our building and also put it on Facebook. A friend, who is really a historical genius, sent me a link to an old Brickbuilder journal from 1912. 
Brickbuilder was a journal that covered the building trades, including architecture, originally focusing on "architecture in materials of clay". It was founded in Boston in 1892, and merged with Architectural Forum in 1919. But old copies can still be found at the Hathi Trust's digital library and at 

There was so much building going on in Baltimore in the early 1900's, primarily because of the Great Baltimore Fire in 1904, but also because of the inner suburbs, like Roland Park, Guilford and Homeland, being built. (This is the home of Dr. Mason Knox, a member of the Faculty.)
Our building dates to 1909, and was featured in the 1912 issue of Brickbuilder, along with another project by Ellicott & Emmart, who designed our building. 

Here is what I found. 
Faculty Building & Blueprints

There was some other random picture here, so I added one of the details of our building.

Laboratory? Who knew? And I am guessing that Marcia's maid's rooms were where the elevator shaft and mechanicals, and the "junk" room are now. 

Another building by Ellicott & Emmart which was built at the same time, and featured in the same 1912 Brickbuilder, was the Forest Park Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. 

There is a lot of decorative brickwork on the Library building, including around the roof-line and along the eaves. 

The monk bond, which is two stretchers between each header on each course, used on this building, is similar to the Faculty building. The monk bond creates a very vertical look. 
It was such fun to discover another Ellicott & Emmart building. If you are interested in old buildings, Google "Brickbuilder" and you'll find a treasure trove of fascinating buildings.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Meg, You almost had me there, with the window detail. I was wondering how a new building could show so much aging in three years. Yes, those old architecture magazines are a treasure trove, highlighting buildings from all over. My high school, built in the 1920's, was featured in American Architect, and I was able to order the original issue for very little.