Historic preservation experts are examining the rich and varied 200-year history of the Conley Farm to see which buildings remaining on the now-vacant property are worth saving.
The members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission took a field trip Thursday to the farm, on the southwest corner of Baughman’s Lane and Shookstown Road, to get a glimpse of the 19th- and early 20th-century buildings.
After receiving a request from a developer to demolish some of the buildings on the land, the commission is deciding whether to place a historic preservation overlay on the buildings, so that all exterior modifications would be required to go through the city’s historic preservation process.
After talking about 14 of the 19 total buildings or features on the land Thursday, the commission will finalize its recommendation at its April 24 meeting. The mayor and aldermen have the final vote.
The property was a farm with a mill in the early 1800s, then evolved into a country estate with horse racing, before becoming a dairy farm. It passed through the hands of John McPherson, the largest landowner in the county in the early 1800s, Louis Victor Baughman, a well-known politician in the late 1800s, and Charles H. Conley Jr., a prominent local doctor in the 1900s, according to the city staff report.
The commission has finalized its
recommendation on three of the buildings already, deciding to recommend to the mayor and aldermen that two of the three receive historic designation. One of the buildings already has historic designation, and one other has already been approved for demolition.
The developer, FredRock Partners, plans to build a new neighborhood on the 32-acre property and has submitted a sketch plan to the city for review. The plans as of now mostly build around the historic buildings and features.
City staff is recommending that 12 of the 14 properties the commission is currently studying receive the historic overlay.
A company the developer hired to complete a review of the buildings, R. Christopher Goodwin and Associates, found that five of the buildings should be considered historic: a log and brick mill house, a two-story stone house and smokehouse built about 1800, and a dairy barn, milk house and silo built about 1925.
Kathryn M. Kuranda, Goodwin’s senior vice president, explained to the commission Thursday that when she looks at a property to determine its historical significance, she considers the person who lived there, the impact the person made and if the buildings played a significant role in what that person accomplished.
She said she also asks herself if the people living there at the time came back to see it now, if they would recognize it.
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At least the developer waited for the historical society to make a determination. Sometimes these historic barns and homes have a way disappearing by accident before all the attention. The developer needs to realize that its Frederick architecture and landscapes that make it unique. But, keeping a barn in the middle of condos and parking lots misses the romance. They really need to set aside acres to maintain the overall appearance. The county and city should make that a requirement for the privilige to build large developments in Frederick. Imagine that, dictating to developers.
There's a old german barracks at a school for the deaf.
They are still having barn dances other places. If you keep it, make it useful.
Maybe the Rosehill Manor could annex it. I went to a childrens museum where they had an exhibit demonstrating the milking process.
Baughman's Lane is named for one of the former owners and that is only one small part of this property's significance to Frederick history. It represents lifestyle factors from times gone by. Yep, that includes barns. How many people today have one?
Deeming 12 of 14 buildings potentially historic sounds potentially expensive to restore and then maintain. Who pays for that? Can they be re-purposed? Then will the neighbors object to 12 offices and/or condos or stores in the midst of their development, impacting street traffic, bringing in strangers? Oh, the complaints to come. Oh, the hearings. Oh, the demonstrations and letters to the Editor. Oh, this never gets old, bring it on... Yes, the streets thereabouts have been discussed but I forget what, if anything, was decided. Fun times ahead.
Randy hasn't protected the watershed form illegal bike trails. What makes you think he cares about some old barns? The hysterical society is full of a bunch of quacks who love to spend money on stupid old barns instead of the buildings they should be worried about.
Which buildings should those folk be worried about, in your opinion?
Good thing this is in City limits. At least there is a chance with Mayor Randy. He isn't paid by the developers like Prez Young. Blaine would bulldoze it all and put up a parking lot if it meant another donation. Randy is much more ethical.
More homes and more cars on Baughmans Lane. Is anyone going to require they widen that section of Baughmans Lane? Finally?
Fredrock partners, From Annapolis, formed in 2013. oh yah. goood group. Cant find out who is actualy partners.
I noticed that.
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