SHA's Historic Contexts

Suburbanization Historic Context and Survey Methodology

The "Suburbanization Historic Context and Survey Methodology was developed specifically for the I-495/I-95 Corridor Transportation Study in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area of Maryland. However, because the context also discusses suburban development in Baltimore, it has statewide applicability. The two-volume report identifies the variety of residential, commercial and civic developments which transformed the landscape in and around Washington D.C. and Baltimore beginning in the nineteenth century. Two important aspects of the context are the identification of patterns of development and CDEs for various types of suburban development in planned and unplanned neighborhoods, and the creation of individual Community Summary Sheets which capture the important features of many areas in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, Maryland. SHA uses this context to evaluate the National Register eligibility of suburban buildings, sites, and structures.

A. Introduction
B.History of Suburbanization C.Architectural Style and Community Design in the Suburbs D. Identification of Suburban Property Types E.Survey and Evaluation Methodology F. Bibliography
Appendix A: Reconnaissance Spreadsheets for Capital Beltway Highway Improvements
Appendix B: List of Developer and Architects Associated with Washington, D.C. Suburban Communities in Maryland
Appendix C: Proposed Expanded National Register Criteria 1949-1960
Appendix D: Community Summaries