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Baltimore's Alley Houses: Homes for Working People since the 1780s (Creating the North American Landscape) Hardcover – September 25, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Creating the North American Landscape
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (September 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801888344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801888342
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Engagingly written and well researched.

(Diane Scharper Baltimore Sun)

Mary Ellen Hayward tells the story of how immigrants found the American dream of owning a home through the unique invention of row houses—which made homes affordable and accessible and built a community that made Baltimore such a vibrant mosaic of neighborhoods.

(Senator Barbara A. Mikulski)

Throughout Baltimore's Alley Houses, the writing betrays the author's affection for Baltimore and its old, often-decayed houses... In the book's epilogue, Hayward writes that '[t]he memories are worth saving. They cannot be replaced' (265). Her book is itself an important document for maintenance of those memories and of the material culture from which they are derived.

(Jeremy Kargon Maryland Historical Magazine & MHS Publications)

A well-illustrated architectural and social history.

(Laura B. Driemeyer Buildings and Landscapes)

About the Author

Mary Ellen Hayward is an architectural historian and museum consultant who has worked on a number of projects sponsored by the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Humanities Council. She is coauthor of The Baltimore Rowhouse and coeditor of The Architecture of Baltimore: An Illustrated History, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MBOC on July 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Very good book for those wanting a historical view of living conditions of the working class of Baltimore. My one complaint is that the actual discussion of the
alley house, forms, construction details take a very back seat to the sociology of the times. I blame this on the current trend of writers who are more interested in telling a story than the nuts and bolts of what makes up the story. Example: the author never explains the reason for builders abandoning the gable ended roof form in favor of the back sloping flat roof. This happened around the civil war and is quick way to judge the age of a building. On a number of pre 1870 houses one can still see a large plank affixed to the roof on its log narrow edge,running the width of the house, used to prevent snow from falling on the sidewalk.
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