Old Goucher ZIP codes: 21218
Old Goucher is entering a new phase in its history. The neighborhood, originally middle class brownstones and a college campus, gradually shifted to a mostly office and retail area. Over the past decade the trend has been reversed, with hundreds of residential units coming on line, mostly within its historic buildings. Developers and new residents are attracted to the areas central location, transportation links, and convenient mix of retail services. The neighborhood deserves its excellent and increasing walk scores. The area that is now Old Goucher was a rural area with farms and large country homes until the 1870’s. The area became ripe for development as the Jones Falls was bridged on the city’s main north bound streets after the Civil War. The key early development was Dr. John F. Goucher’s decision to build Lovely Lane Methodist Church and Baltimore Women’s College along St. Paul Street starting in 1884. The College was later renamed Goucher College and gives the neighborhood its name and several impressive granite buildings. Both the college and the surrounding community grew steadily and the neighborhood was built out before 1900.The community remained mostly residential until after the Second World War. After the war the college moved to Towson and many of the existing buildings were converted to business uses. At one time the area was home to many printing, advertising, and architecture firms. Over the past decade several former office buildings were converted to residential use and the population began to increase again. The Old Goucher College National Historic District encompasses this largely intact late Victorian neighborhood.
Wallis GregoryOld Goucher
- Baltimore Resident For 55 Years
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What brought me here
i was born and raised in Baltimore.