About Oakenshawe

A vibrant yet serene city neighborhood near Johns Hopkins University accessible to everything Baltimore offers. 1920’s townhouses with front porches and tree-shaded streets, Oakenshawe is an oasis in the midst of Baltimore.

Oakenshawe residents are an urbane and diverse group: young families, singles, empty nesters, retirees, long-time residents, and students. Children play in our streets and alleys on their bikes and scooters. Johns Hopkins students jog through on their way to Sherwood Gardens or the 32nd Street Farmers Market. Residents from surrounding neighborhoods enjoy walking their dogs through our leafy, cozy streets.

Oakenshawe is a friendly community that loves a good party. From the Easter Egg Hunt to the fall Terrace Party  and the Halloween Parade, neighbors can be counted on to participate and enjoy the fun. Together we form a cohesive, close-knit community.

Living in the heart of Baltimore, Oakenshawe residents have easy access to Central Baltimore’s excellent restaurants & open-air cafes, assorted bookstores, beautiful parklands, the Baltimore Museum of Art & other art spaces, and an array of superb theater & music venues.  For more about the amazing assets of Central Baltimore, visit Explore the Core.

History

Oakenshawe is an example of an early 20th century Streetcar Suburb. The name Oakenshawe derives from Henry Wilson’s estate, once located in this area. Built between 1916 and 1925 to coordinated designs by brother architects Flournoy and Flournoy, 337 houses were laid out in the manner of English garden suburbs in “terraces” which employ the design of each dwelling to make larger symmetrical groupings. Georgian Revival building materials were used: red brick, gray slate roofs, wood sash and casement windows. The original advertisement proclaimed that no two houses were exactly alike.  

Oakenshawe also includes Calvin Avenue. These Victorian homes were built 126 years ago. According to the Maryland Historical Society, Calvin Avenue was one of the first, if not the first, integrated streets in the United States.

Since architectural history is always in flux, the earlier houses of Oakenshawe also reflect the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, a development begun in England in the 1870’s that remained popular in the U.S. throughout the 1920’s. This style includes the use of small windows and clipped gables. Arts and Crafts details were gradually superseded by design elements more strictly associated with the Georgian Revival style. 

Oakenshawe’s Historic Designation

Oakenshawe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Oakenshawe Historic District. The National Register is a list of places acknowledged by the federal government as worthy of preservation for their significance in American history and culture. These places include districts, buildings, sites, and objects of significance and are eligible for certain state and federal regulatory protections, financial assistance, and tax benefits.

The Maryland Historical Trust administers the National Register program in Maryland. One program the Trust oversees is a state income tax credit for homeowners equal to 20% of qualified expenditures in the rehabilitation of certified historic structures. Eligible properties must be single-family, owner-occupied residences and within a historic district, e.g., homes within Oakenshawe. Qualified expenditures include roof repair and replacement, masonry repointing, plumbing systems, and floor refinishing.  For more information, visit Maryland Historical Trust.

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Recent News

Oakenshawe November Updates

Happy November Oakenshawe Neighbors, this month’s Oakenshawe Improvement Association (OIA) Newsletter Update includes: October OIA Quarterly Meeting Minutes, New OIA Website Launch, Johns Hopkins University Police Department (JHPD) Updates, and Rat Eradication.

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Block party photos

The block party was a big hit! Thanks to all the volunteers for all their hard work in planning and executing the event, as well as all the neighbors for coming and bringing such delicious food. See you at the next event!

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Need Volunteers for OIA Block Party on Sep 10

Let the Oakenshawe Improvement Association know if you are willing to volunteer supplies (coolers, grills, extension cords, trash/recycle bins, canopy/tent) or your time for 1 to 2 hours during the block party. We need your help to throw a great event. The more volunteers, the better the party, the shorter the volunteer shifts, the more fun. Please share this opportunity with your friends and family in Oakenshawe.

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