Wolfe Street Wooden Houses

The houses at 612 and 614 South Wolfe Street are perhaps the best known wooden houses in the Fells Point area, as they are two of the smallest wooden homes remaining. Ann Bond Fell Giles, widow of Edward Fell, inherited both properties following the death of her first husband. She remarried and had several more children. Upon her death, the properties ended up in the hands of her youngest daughter Susannah Giles Moore and her husband Phillip Moore, in whose hands it remained until Phillip died insolvent in 1833 or 1834.

The houses were built somewhere between February 1798 and February 1801, though likely closer to the latter. 612 and 610 South Wolfe Street were connected as properties in the earliest days, and were rented to Edward Callow in 1801. (This lease agreement indicates that the property was already built in 1801.) 614 South Wolfe Street was also rented out by the owners to Patrick Morrison.

The houses are commonly known as the “Two Sisters Houses” after sisters Mary Leeke Rowe Dashiell and Eleanor Marine Dashiell, descendants of the Leeke, Marine, and Dashiell families. They owned the houses prior to the acquisition by the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point. The houses are sometimes also referred to as the “Flounder Houses” for the style of architecture.

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612-614 S. Wolfe Street (2012)

612-614 S. Wolfe Street (2012)

Exterior view of 612-614 S. Wolfe Street. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Kurt Waters View File Details Page

Window, 612-614 S. Wolfe Street (2012)

Window, 612-614 S. Wolfe Street (2012)

Detail of 612-614 S. Wolfe Street. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Kurt Waters View File Details Page

612-614 S. Wolfe Street (2012)

612-614 S. Wolfe Street (2012)

Detail of 612-614 S. Wolfe Street. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Kurt Waters View File Details Page

Street Address:

610-612 S. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21231 [map]

Cite this Page:

Stacy Montgomery, “Wolfe Street Wooden Houses,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed June 26, 2017, http://explore.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/139.

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