E.J. Gallagher Realty Company Collection, 1986.67 – Peale/BCLM Photograph Collection

Maryland Historical Society
Special Collections Department
201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-685-3750 x359; specialcollections@mdhs.org

Ednor Gardens Brochure, E.J. Gallagher Collection, BCLM Collection, MdHS. 

Ednor Gardens brochure, circa 1930s, E.J. Gallagher Realty Company Collection, MdHS.(reference photo)

 E.J. GALLAGHER REALTY COMPANY COLLECTION, 1986.67

 1864 - 1949

BALTIMORE CITY LIFE MUSEUM COLLECTION

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Processing note: Processed by Damon Talbot and Sidney Levy, November 2015.

Collection Origin

Collection was acquired in 1986 by the Peale Museum; Acc#1986.67. In 1997 the Peale/Baltimore City Life Museums closed due to lack of funding. Their collections were transferred to the Maryland Historical Society in 1998. 

Historical Note

In the first decades of the twentieth century Baltimore saw a boom in rowhouse building that came to be dominated by just a handful of builders. One of these developers was Edward Joseph Gallagher, the son of Irish immigrants, whose most successful and well-known creation, Ednor Gardens, became a model for developments throughout Baltimore.

While still a youth Gallagher apprenticed himself as a carpenter and in the decades that followed became one of Baltimore’s premier builders. He was also an amateur painter and earned a law degree upon graduating from Baltimore College Law School at the end of the 1890s. Gallagher’s first building venture on his own was in the Canton section of Baltimore in July 1888, when he obtained two lots in exchange for conveying the ground rents to the prior owner of the land, the Canton Company. The “ground rent” law in Baltimore and throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania was an English Freehold carry over. As practiced in Baltimore, a buyer of a new home could not purchase the land on which their home was built, but had to pay the owner of the land a certain annual dollar rent for five years. At the end of that period, an offer would be made to the home owner to buy the land at a predetermined price. If not purchased at that time, the home owner would pay the annual rent as long as they lived in the house...Continue reading on underbelly, the MdHS library blog.

Scope and Content

The E.J. Gallagher Realty Collection consists of 6 boxes and one rolled item. The materials include photographs, ephemera, manuscript materials, and blueprints related to the E.J. Gallagher Realty Company, one of the premier builders of rowhomes in Baltimore in the first half of the 20th century. Related materials can be found in PP302, E.J. Gallagher Realty Company Photograph and Ephemera Collection.

The collection is broken down into 3 Series:

Series I: Photographs

This series consists of 227 photographs primarily of properties built by the E.J. Gallagher Company. The bulk of the images are of the development of Ednor Gardens. There are also images of E.J. Gallagher and his two sons, Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. and Norman Gallagher. The photographs, mostly black and white prints, date from the 1920s to the 1930s.

Series II: Manuscripts and Ephemera

This series consists of some business records of the E.J. Gallagher Company, including lists of properties sold, correspondence, and bills of sale, There are also scrapbooks of newpaper clippings and brochures and advertisements for E.J. Gallagher properties including Ednor Gardens.

Series III: Blueprints

This series consists of blueprints of various properties built by the E.J. Gallagher Company including homes in Ednor Gardens. 

Container List

Description

Date

Photographer

Format

Image ID

Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series I: Photographs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ednor Gardens, Patent Sanitary Garbage Receiver

ca 1920s - 1930s

Blakeslee-Lane Studio

Photographic Print

1986.67.001

1

Ednotr Gardens, exterior views, entranceways

ca 1920s - 1930s

Blakeslee-Lane Studio

Photographic Print

1986.67.002 - .013

1

Ednor Gardens, exterior views, bay window

ca 1920s - 1930s

Blakeslee-Lane Studio

Photographic Print

1986.67.014 - .015

1

Ednor Gardens, exterior views, garage

ca 1920s - 1930s

Blakeslee-Lane Studio

Photographic Print

1986.67.016 - .019

1

Ednor Gardens, exterior view, garage, entranceway

ca 1920s - 1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.020

1

Ednor Gardens, exterior view of a home

ca 1920s - 1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.021

1

Ednor Gardens, Garrett Avenue, interior views

ca 1920s - 1930s

Hughes Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.022 - .027

1

Ednor Gardens, Unidentified house, Interiors and exterior views

ca 1920s - 1930s

Hughes Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.028 - .034

1

Ednor Gardens, Elkader Street, exterior views

ca 1920s - 1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.035 - .037

1

Ednor Gardens, single houses, exterior views

ca 1920s - 1930s

Blakeslee-Lane Studio

Photographic Print

1986.67.038 - .044

1

Ednor Gardens, single houses, exterior views

ca 1920s - 1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.045 - .067

1

Ednor Gardens, Windemere Avenue looking west

ca 1920s - 1930s

A. Jackson Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.068

1

Ednor Gardens, northwest from Windemere and Tivoly Avenue

ca 1920s - 1930s

A. Jackson Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.069

1

Ednor Gardens, Lakeside Avenue looking west

ca 1920s - 1930s

A. Jackson Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.070

1

Ednor Gardens, rowhouses, exterior views

ca 1920s - 1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.071 - .079

1

Ednor Gardens, E. J. Gallagher Realty Company Bus in front of Ednor Gardens

ca 1920s - 1930s

Cronhardt & Son

Photographic Print

1986.67.080 - .082

1

Ednor Gardens, under construction

ca 1920s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.083 - .087

1

Ednor Gardens, under construction

ca 1920s

Hughes Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.088

1

Ednor Gardens, under construction, Edward Gallagher Jr. on bench at fountain

ca 1920s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.089

1

Ednor Gardens, under construction, Norman Gallagher and Edward Gallagher Jr.

ca 1920s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.090

1

Ednor Gardens, under construction, 3501 Ednor Road

ca 1920s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.091

1

Ednor Gardens, Kimble Road, exterior views

ca 1937

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.092 - .093

1

Ednor Gardens, 3700 Kimble Road, exterior views

July 7, 1937

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.094 - .100

1

Ednor Gardens, 3712 Kimble Road, exterior views

July 7, 1937

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.101 - .105

1

Ednor Gardens, 3602 Alameda, exterior views

ca 1920s - 1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.105 - .109

1

Ednor Gardens, 36th Street, right side going east

ca 1920s - 1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.110

1

Ednor Gardens, interior views

ca 1920s - 1930s

Holmes I. Mettee

Photographic Print

1986.67.111 - .112

1

Ednor Gardens, interior view

March 1933

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.113

1

Ednor Gardens, Ednor Road, Master bedroom

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.114

2

Ednor Gardens, Ednor Road, Sun porch

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.115

2

Ednor Gardens, Ednor Road, Dining room

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.116

2

Ednor Gardens, Ednor Road, living room

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.117

2

Ednor Gardens, Photograph Album, Sample Home, Ednor Road, interior views [Album 1]

1927

Hughes Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.118 - .129

3

Ednor Gardens, Photograph Album, Sample Homes, Ednor Road and Yolando Road, interior and exterior views; Ednor Gardens under construction [Album 2]

ca 1920s

Hughes Company; The Baltimore Sun

Photographic Print

1986.67.130 - .150

3

Ednor Gardens, Tudor English Group, Elkader Road

ca 1920s-1930s

Hughes Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.151

2

Ednor Gardens, Yolando Road and Ednor Road houses showing court in rear of houses, showing 15 foot lane in center

ca 1920s-1930s

Hughes Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.152

2

Ednor Gardens, Yolando Road looking north at 36th Street

ca 1920s-1930s

Hughes Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.153

2

Ednor Gardens, exterior views

ca 1920s-1930s

Hughes Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.154 - .157

2

Interior views, unidentified E.J. Gallagher Realty Company homes

ca 1920s-1930s

Hughes Company

Photographic Prints and 4x5 film negative

1986.67.158 - .162

1

Interior views, unidentified E.J. Gallagher Realty Company homes

ca 1920s-1930s

Blakeslee-Lane Studio

Photographic Prints and 4x5 film negative

1986.67.163 - .203

1

Exterior views, unidentified E.J. Gallagher Realty Company homes

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.204 - .207

1

Exterior views, Waverly, possibly Avon Street

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.208 - .209

1

Exterior views, Ravenwood Avenue

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.210 - .211

1

2400 Eutaw Place

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.212

1

Unidentified filling station

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.213

1

Consolidated Gas Electric Light and Power Company filling station

1932

not identified

Negatives and correspondence(1)

1986.67.214 - .216

1

Hercules Power Gasoline Company filling station

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.217

1

Traxcavator

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.218

1

Baltimore Stadium, looking west from the south side of 36th Street

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.219

1

Baltimore Post Office, Patterson Station

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.220

1

Builders of Baltimore, visit of inspection to the plant of A. Weiskittel & Son Company. (E.J. Gallagher stands to the left of Weiskittel sign at rear of room)

February 9, 1927

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.221

1

Edward J. Gallagher, portrait

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.222

2

Houses on Magothy River

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.223 - .224

2

Residence of Edward J. Gallagher, 3900 N. Charles Street

ca 1920s-1930s

Holmes & Bishop

Photographic Print

1986.67.225

2

Post Office Station J, erected in 1911 - S.E. Cor. Eastern Avenue and Wolfe Street., E.J. Gallagher builder and owner

ca 1920s-1930s

Hughes Company

Photographic Print

1986.67.226

2

Eutaw Place rear Whitelock Street, erected 1896 by Edward J. Gallagher

ca 1920s-1930s

not identified

Photographic Print

1986.67.227

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series II: Manuscripts and Ephemera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Record book, Purchasers of Houses, January 1, 1915 to ____, The E.J. Gallagher Realty Company

January 1, 1915 to___

n/a

Manuscript

n/a

4

Thomas King to E.J. Gallagher Jr

June 10, 1931

n/a

Manuscript

n/a

4

Consolidated Gas Elecric Light and Power Company, Three year guarantee for Janitrol Conversion burner and Minneapolis Thermostat (2 items)

August 22, 1933

n/a

Manuscript

n/a

4

Deeds, Bills of Sale, leases, and articles of agreement for properties

1864 - 1887

n/a

Manuscript

n/a

4

E.J. Gallagher Realty Company, Record of Sales, 1910 - 1942

1910-1942

n/a

Manuscript

n/a

4

Specifications of materials and labor to be performed, between E.J. Gallagher Realty Company and C. Montgomery Anderson, Architect

August to September 1909; 1909

n/a

Manuscript

n/a

4

Ednor Gardens, brochures and advertisements

ca 1920s - 1930s

n/a

Ephemera

n/a

4

Various E.J. Gallagher Company properties, brochures and advertisements

ca 1920s - 1930s

n/a

Ephemera

n/a

4

Miscellaneous publications with E.J. Gallagher advertisements or realty related items

1930, 1946, ca 1930s

n/a

Ephemera

n/a

4

Ednor Gardens, printing block

ca 1920s-1930s

n/a

Printing block

n/a

5

"E.J. Gallagher Builder", copper plate

ca 1920s-1930s

n/a

Copper plate

n/a

5

Scrapbook, E.J. Gallagher Company advertisements

1942 - 1949

n/a

Scrapbook

n/a

5

Scrapbook, newspaper clippings, correspondence, ephemera related to the E.J. Gallagher Company

1911 - 1927

n/a

Scrapbook

n/a

5

Curtis Design Book of Architectural Woodwork

1932

n/a

Ephemera

n/a

5

Catalogue of the School of Law, Baltimore University 1898-1899 and Prospectus 1899-1900 [Edward J. Gallagher listed as Senior, class of 1899, page 15]

1900

n/a

Ephemera

n/a

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series III: Blueprints

 

 

 

 

 

Blueprints - 3918-3934 Rexmere Road - Scale: 1/16"=1'0"

January 1, 1946; Revised July 2, 1947

n/a

Blueprint,13" x 25"

n/a

6

Blueprints - Group of 9 houses-Floor plans, elevations and sections thru

July 6, 1945

n/a

Blueprint, 4 sheets, 18" x 34"

n/a

6

Blueprint - Plot plan 3700 Block Alameda Blvd-Scale-1"=20'

May 26, 1939

n/a

Blueprint, 11” x 29" 2 copies

n/a

6

Blueprint - 3600 Block Ednor Road w/elevations of 1 houses; No scale

ca 1930s - 1940s

n/a

Blueprint, 9" x 24" includes handwritten list of all required door frames

n/a

6

Blueprint - 2 groups of 6 - 3600 Block Ednor Road; Scale: 1/16"=1'0"

March 25,1940

n/a

Blueprint, 13" x 32"

n/a

6

Blueprints - Homes on Delverne Road

1947

n/a

Blueprint, various sizes

n/a

6

Blueprint - Group of 9 Homes, 3800 Block Kimble Road;  Floor plans - Garage,1st & 2nd floors, Wall sections

ca 1930s - 1940s

n/a

Blueprint, 18" x 30"

n/a

6

Blueprint - 3800 Ednor Road

ca 1930s - 1940s

n/a

Blueprint, various sizes

n/a

 

Blueprints - 3800-3934 Kimble Road, showing location of all units; Scale: 1/16/'=1'0"

September 9 - 24, 1941

n/a

Blueprints, 14" x 23"

n/a

6

Blueprint - Proposed Lot Plot Plan - Ednor Gardens; Scale-1"=30'

November 10, 1928; Revised: May 29, 1929

n/a

Blueprint, 28' x 37"

n/a

Rolled Blueprint

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