Everett J. Waring:

507 Mosher St.

[507 Mosher StreetEverett J. Waring purchased this house located at 507 Mosher Street in 1890 for $3,300. He lived there with his wife and four children from 1890 until the property was seized in 1897 following the failure of the Lexington Savings Bank. While he lived there, he practiced law, dealt in real estate, established the Lexington Bank, and built his reputation as a leader of the African American community. The home's size revealed Waring's affluence. The Mosher Street address is one of two Waring residences that are still extant. The other house is located at 525 Robert Street, where Waring lived in 1889.

The townhouse on the corner of Mosher and Etting Streets is a three-story brick structure with a two-story addition in the back. According to the Baltimore City Land Records, the house was built sometime between 1857 and 1867. The building still stands today; the marble steps appear to be original. The elegance of the brick structure has been marred by the addition of a faux-stone facade added sometime this century, but holes in the facade reveal the original brick underneath.

View of Modern Front Door

View of Back of Townhouse

Close-up View of Back of Townhouse

The building's modern appearance matches descriptions of the property in the 1896 Bromley Atlas of Baltimore and in the mid-20th century Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.

Other Sites Related to Waring

Two other buildings associated with Waring's stay in Baltimore are no longer extant. The law office he used from 1887 to 1896 at 217 Courtland Street was razed when a park was constructed across the street from the Baltimore City Courthouse. The Lexington Savings Bank building, located at 314 North Eutaw Street, was replaced by another structure. The loss of these two historic buildings illustrates the consequences of the extensive development Baltimore has undergone in the last century. The preservation of such sites provides tangible connections to the past and generates interest in the achievements of noteworthy Baltimoreans. We must ensure that 507 Mosher Street does not fall victim to future development.

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