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)
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.