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A Most Curious Building: 1001 W Baltimore Street

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February 2, 2013 by Baltimore Slumlord Watch

You can’t help but wonder about this building, and its ownership — it stands next to a random arch that’s not connected to anything, and the building seems old.  Really old.  And out of place — but it has an old sign attached that says “Hee Haw Carryout” and you know at one time, this building was something.

Now it’s a blighted eyesore, owned by a company that doesn’t care about it — a company, according to the State of Maryland, that doesn’t exist.

Oddly enough, in 2010, the Maryland Department of the Environment issued a fine to this nonexistent corporation for $65,000 and cited them for lead paint violations on 10 properties in Baltimore City.  I have to wonder how a nonexistent corporation pays taxes and fines on multiple properties…

Property Address:  1001 W Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner:  Frederick Avenue Development Corporation, 1023 W Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Resident Agent for Frederick Avenue Development Corporation:  Corporation is not registered with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.  However, Dun & Bradstreet and Corporation Wiki list the president as Lawrence A. Brunt. 

City Council District and Contact:  District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch

State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell

State Delegates:  Keith Haynes, Keiffer Mitchell Jr, Melvin Stukes

1000 block, West Baltimore Street before… (Archive photo credit, Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP).)

1001 W Baltimore Street is on the far left.

1001 W Baltimore Street is on the far left.

1001 W Baltimore Street, today:

1001 W Baltimore Street, formerly the Hee-Haw Carryout.

1001 W Baltimore Street, formerly the Hee-Haw Carryout.

I couldn’t find much about this property — in the 1850s, it was used as Bowers Pharmacy, which remained at least until the early 1920s.

According to the 1940 census, this home was lived in by the Pocklington family:  Albert and Myrtle, and their two sons — Albert and Franklin.  Apparently Franklin was a bit of a rogue when he was in his 20s, and took to committing petty crimes, including this reported crime documented in the Fredericksburg (VA) Free Lance Star.

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5 thoughts on “A Most Curious Building: 1001 W Baltimore Street

  1. Pete from Highlandtown says:

    A lot of rows of houses werent built at the same time. Judging by the looks of the roof, this house probably stood alone in the begining. As it stands alone now. Its roofline is way different from the other houses next to it, in the old picture

    A crying shame,really . It probably used to be quite beautiful inside.

    • Baltimore Slumlord Watch says:

      Maybe. My guess is it probably wasn’t anything special, it was meant to house railroad workers or some other kind of working-class family — but it certainly looked better than it does now.

  2. [...] post, along with the one I wrote last night on 1001 W Baltimore Street are the beginnings of trying to research who lived in some of these homes — another way to [...]

  3. CR says:

    A developer from NY attempted to purchase this property and much of the row owned by this property owner. Deal fell through. But sadly the property owner is in flailing health last i heard.

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