East. 25th Street, Baltimore, MD.
I have a much stronger feeling about it having once been part of the Little Tavern Shops chain.
If it was a Little Tavern, it has obviously been covered in stone since its construction, and that remodeling was done some time ago. For a better picture, please look HERE
Still, the design similarities are striking. The window placement throughout the structure is consistent with Little Taverns, as is the window division, into tall panes instead of simple plate glass. Windows are inset with regard to the stonework in such a way as to lead me to believe that the stone was added over top the building. I’ve seen it time and time again with diners and it yields the same basic appearance. If this is in fact a former Little Tavern, it appears the window was narrowed from four to three panes. The plan and section appear consistent with Little Tavern design as well.
The gable over the front door is consistent with the early ’30s Little Taverns in that it is larger and broader than those found on later taverns. See Baltimore No. 5 for the larger version, which extended up four rows of roof tile as opposed to the 2 rows of tile found on later Little Taverns. Granted, there is a bump out around the door not found on Little Taverns, but I believe this is simply the later stonework.
The Stone Tavern’s green enamel lights, pointing at what is currently siding, but on a Little Tavern would have been signage are consistent with what was being put on locations in the early 1930s.
Right across the street from a Little Tavern operating as “Pizza Deal”. As the stone tavern design appears consistent with the design found on the earlier Little Taverns, I would wager that this is Baltimore no.4, opened March 21, 1931, Closed 1932 due to lease problem. The “Pizza Deal” location looks like a later tavern, from the ’40s or possibly as late as the 1950s.
N. Charles St and 26th Street, Baltimore, MD.
The brick construction is consistent with Little Taverns, which were brick/cinder block until c.1935. Later enamel ones were of brick/cinder block construction with paneling added over top. In some cases, they lost their panels later in their life, exposing the underlying brick. The Laurel Location (with) and (without) and Washington no. 24 both show this.
The roof pitch seems appropriate for Little Tavern, as does the general shape of the building, with the tudor cottage section in the front and the extension off the back. The door and front plate glass windows appear to be later additions and adjusting the contrast, it appears there may have once been a window on the left side, as there would have been on an LT.
Still, the scale looks slightly off- Little Taverns were generally a bit taller in the body of the building, and as a rule did not have chimneys. Until I find evidence otherwise, I’d say this one is not in fact a Little Tavern, but it was built at the same time period in a very similar style.
Also in the area with a similar form, but never a Little Tavern as far as I can tell. Much more of a colonial thing going on rather than Tudor.
The second one could have originally been a Toddle House.
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