Much altered but still somewhat recognizable as a Federal-style residence, this was the estate mansion of William Dawson, the first English representative in Baltimore after the War of 1812. It now sits on a quiet side street in the neighborhood still known as English Consul (though more commonly referred to as Baltimore Highlands). This is actually the back of the historical mansion. The front looks out over a still-impressive view of Baltimore's downtown around the Inner Harbor.
After Consul Dawson died in 1820, the 254-acre estate remained in his family until 1908, when it was subdivided. It is now a working class neighborhood of detached single-family homes.
What I find amazing about this building is that it is approaching two hundred years old and is historically significant, it appears to be entirely intact, but it is completely unrestored. And I know of no efforts to restore it.
i would always walk past this house growing up. then i was online one day looking up stuff about were i grew up and always heard about the mansion and i never knew what it looked like at that time of looking stuff up untill one day i was online and saw a pic of it. i was kinda in shock. the house i used to walk by all the time that creeped me out was the mansion. i just wish i knew what it looks like inside
Been inside, I grew up on Louisiana ave and was friends with the three kids that lived there in the late 70's. I spent the night there a few times. Never creeped me out, had a lot of cool places in the basement to play as a kid.
That's fascinating. I can only imagine how they had divided up the inside.
I actually lived right next door. My grandmother owned this house and they had to sell after my grandfather died. The inside when we owned it was beautiful. The place in that picture looks an absolute mess and when I visit I hate how it is looking. It was haunted. I remember having all the doors shut and open all at once on the second floor. We once had children asking us if we wanted to play. We heard them from the third floor and they slowly got closer to the first. My sister said that as we were leaving they said bye. The basement was creepy. Apparently the phone rang down there and that when you walked out some of the cousins said they had a dusty black mans print on them. There was a room on the third floor we were not allowed in and I do not know why. The inside had many paintings and African mask because well my mom, uncles and aunts lived in other countries before moving here. My grandfather traveled a lot and often brought home items. It's a shame to see it in such a rutt
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Photo taken in Lansdowne - Baltimore Highlands, Baltimore, MD, USA
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