Nestled in the northeastern corner of
Baltimore, Arcadia is the neighborhood jewel of Charm City. As you travel the
tree-lined streets, you have the feeling of stepping back in time to a place
where neighbors knew and cared about each other. Arcadia is a community of more
than 450 period homes built in the 1920s. As one of Baltimore's most
established middle-class neighborhoods, the area is noted for its unique
architecture, vintage lampposts, front porches, and friendly
neighbors. Residents of Arcadia range from people who have grown up in the
neighborhood to an eclectic mix of those who moved here because they recognized
the unique nature of this community. Arcadia is conveniently located to the
downtown area, and walking distance to a variety of local restaurants, taverns,
parks, and shops.
. . . the quintessential city neighborhood . . ."
Holcomb, Balt. City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation,
and Arcadia resident.
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time to downtown:
Shopping & Dining:
Safeway in Arcadia w/pharmacy
Towson Town Mall, 15 minutes
Inner Harbor, 20 minutes
Chameleon Café (nominee for
restaurant of the year!)
Koko's Pub (Winner of
Baltimore's Best Crab Cake, hon!)
The Red Canoe childrens bookstore and coffee shop
and more within walking
comprises three distinct development periods; the Heckel family and Eutaw
Heights, Post WWI development of Arcadia, and Post WWII Eastwood Drive and
infill development. Though, these periods differ significantly in house type
and design, they make up a cohesive neighborhood.
The first era of
development was between 1898-1914 and center around the Heckel Family on Heckel
Avenue. Between the late 1880's and mid 1890's Gottleib Heckel, a cobbler on
Gay Street moved his family into a log cabin located near today's Parkside and
Prior Avenues. Shortly thereafter, they bought 19 acres of the eastern portion
of Eutaw Farm tract. Here the family worked on a farm and other odd jobs.
Gottleib Heckel started building Eutaw Avenue (which became Parkside Drive)
from Belair Road to the farm around 1895. In 1902 he laid out and built Heckel
Avenue as his driveway.
By 1898, the
Hall's estate and gristmill were abandoned. In 1902 the Heckel's sold two lots
to Dr. Giering and built for him the fieldstone house on the north side of
Parkside Drive. The driveway to the Giering's stone house became Harris Street.
Between 1898 and 1914, 49 single and duplex homes were built. By 1914 much of
"Eutaw Heights" was constructed. Later development consisted of row houses
built off Belair Road, which followed the 1923 Zoning Act. "Eierman Avenue" and
built the daylight housing that exists today. Other row house development
occurred on Parkside Road one half block from Belair. They were built in the
Tudor Style housing.
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One of the
pleasures of life in Arcadia is living a block away from Herring Run Park. The
Herring Run watershed is the largest part of the Back River watershed which is
a small part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.