Old Dundalk

"My neighbors watch out for me."                                                             
"I love the individual gardens and the nostalgic holiday decor."
"Real, authentic people, not concerned with trends."
"Cozy feel, a retreat from the city hustle and bustle."

"So affordable - cheaper than renting!  For the space, great prices and lower taxes."


What's great about Old Dundalk

Homes with historic charm on tree-lined streets  
Walk to Main Street shops, churches and neighborhood potlucks 
Easy to access 695, 95, 10 minutes to Canton, 15 to White Marsh 
     
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Boundaries

Sollers Point Road (east)
Holabird Avenue (north)
Dundalk Avenue (west)
Mornington Road (south)

Neighbors are friendly in this National Register Historic District.  Many have strong roots in the area, with homes passing from one generation to the next.  Young people are discovering the neighborhood, drawn by the small-town feel and the way that history enhances the area.  Newcomers are welcome and quickly build a sense of belonging and connection with their neighbors.

Stroll to the town center to the informal cafes, or stop in at the post office.  Walk your dog through Heritage or Veterans Parks on your way to the Farmer's Market. Your kids can easily walk to Dundalk Elementary and Dundalk Middle Schools.
 
Old Dundalk is host to many community festivals and  events, including Dundalk’s 4th of July Parade and Heritage Fair, the Family Fall Festival, the Christmas Parade, Holiday Hoopla and Cookie Tour, the Dundalk Art Show, and the Summer Concerts in the Park series.    

Housing choices

This area boasts homes built before WWI through the 1940s, including stucco duplexes with English village-style peaked slate roofs, detached bungalows, duplexes and brick colonials.  The hallmark of these homes is the sturdiness! The Dundalk Renaissance Corp. renovates homes in the historic district to promote homeownership - see them here.  Old Dundalk also offers new construction options built by Ryan Homes.

Parks and other attractions


Within the neighborhood, you can walk the dog, play games and enjoy events at Fairway Park, Heritage Park or Veterans Park. Young families enjoy the tot lot and kids of all ages use the ball fields at Dundalk Elementary School.  And, Dundalk's waterfront is just minutes away.

The Y Aquatic Center at 120 Trading Place offers swimming lessions for adults and kids. The building also houses the Dundalk Community Center, with meeting room spaces, a gymnasium, and a computer lab, all available for community use.

The Main Street (see above right) offers informal eateries and retail shops that supply all the necessities - including fresh produce June - November at the local Farmers' Market - and a post office. Visit the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum to research information about your house, street and community.  The historical society also host numerous events, lectures and festivals, and their Holiday Train Garden is a must for kids and their parents.

Neighborhood and civic organizations

Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association
, P.O. Box 4063, Dundalk 21222
The Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association alternates its meeting dates and times between weeknights and weekends.  This very active group organizes a number of community-building events and activities throughout the year and participates in several community-wide
festivals.

Schools


Dundalk Elementary School
- 2717 Playfield St., (410) 887-7013
Dundalk Middle School - 7400 Dunmanway    410 887-7018
Dundalk High School  - 1901 Delvale Ave.     410 887-7023

Faith-based organizations

Dundalk Church of the Brethren
- 2660 Yorkway
Church of God at Dundalk - 6 Yorkway
Patapsco Masonic Temple - 2 Trading Place
(410) 284-6596
Dundalk United Methodist Church - 3 Mornington Road
(410) 284-4818St. Rita Roman Catholic Church - 2907 Dunleer Road (410) 284-0388
St. Georges and St. Matthew Episcopal Church - 2900 Dunleer Road (410) 284-6242

History

Old Dundalk's neighborhood history is intertwined with the founding of the town. Beginning in the late 19th century, Dundalk was transformed from farm fields into an innovative planned company town by the suburbanization of industry and housing, the advent of World War I, and later, the widespread adoption of the automobile.  Irish iEmergency Fleet Corp Admmigrant Henry McShane started an iron foundry among the fields and houses just east of Baltimore City in 1854.  A wharf along the Patapsco River and a railroad converged near the location of the foundry, and Henry’s son William named the new freight station Dundalk in honor of his father’s hometown in Ireland.

In 1917, the Bethlehem Steel Co. took over the nearby Sparrows Point steel plant.  To provide needed housing for new workers in this rural area, the Steel Company created the Dundalk Company.  Appointed president of the Dundalk Company was E.H. Bouton, a local architect who was also president of the Roland Park company in Baltimore City.  The company began by purchasing around 1,000 acres of land on either side of the railroad tracks near Dundalk Avenue and the freight station. 

Before the Dundalk Company could really get started constructing houses, the country entered World War I.  Ship-building was in high demand.  Through the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation, the federal government took over the role of the Dundalk Company on June 12, 1918, creating the Liberty Housing Company.

House PlanFrederick Law Olmsted, Jr., the son of the famous landscape architect known for designing New York’s Central Park, was placed in charge of the newly-formed Town Planning Division of the U.S. Housing Corporation in 1918.  This federal agency supervised the planning and design of several towns, including Dundalk, needed to house workers producing ships and other supplies for the World War I effort. 

Old Dundalk’s design followed then-popular Garden City planning principles, using curvilinear streets, mixed housing densities, and a planned commercial and civic center.    Between 1918-19, 815 stucco houses with slate roofs were built.  A self-contained town center followed, featuring shops, churches, a school and other amenities.  This center evolved to include a movie theater, library, post office, police station and fire station.  The government purchased street cars, later known as the “Red Rockets,” to get residents to work.  Also typical of the Garden City ideal, open space was incorporated into the plan with park areas reserved adjacent to the shopping district and school. 

OldDundalkPalmerPlanThe mixed-use town center exists today and has functioned for decades as it was originally designed, though recent economic and retail trends pose a significant challenge.  It is the second oldest shopping center in the State of Maryland and among the first in America.  

Old Dundalk is the only residential project following Olmsted’s wartime model in Maryland and one of only 36 in the United States.  Housing lots were moderately sized, homes were diverse in style and price range, and laid out to embrace and support the pedestrian-friendly commercial and civic center from all sides.  At its heart was Dundalk Avenue, a central transportation corridor.  Dundalk became a National Register Historic District in 1983.  It resulted from a historic town planning movement, and it embodies today’s Smart Growth principles.   

More information on the Dundalk National Register Historic District and Historic Tax Credits