History of Schwartz Avenue
Schwartz Avenue had its beginning possibly as an African American community around 1872 when an African American by the name of Isaac Taylor purchased a lot on Schwartz Avenue. Whether or not he built a house at the same time is not known.

One of the typical houses that was searched on Schwartz Avenue by County Historian John McGrain was 421 Schwartz Avenue. The date of construction seemed to fall between 1869 and 1872. A structure was certainly standing there as of August 3, 1872, when there was a mention in a deed of “Isaac Taylor’s house and lot on Schwartz Avenue. The property was sold to Mary Johnson in September 1909.

Schwartz Avenue splits Baltimore County and Baltimore City. One half of the street is in both municipalities. It appears that about twenty or so of the houses are located in Baltimore County. During their existence, there has been a church, a school, and a meeting hall in this little community.



George William Mason, father of Anna Mason Barnes who has been residing on Schwartz Avenue since 1916.

Photograph was taken in the early 1900s.

Left to right is Adelaide Trueheart and Anna Mason Barnes. Both are best friends from Schwartz Avenue in Towson.

Photograph was taken in 1934
Emily M. Dorsey Smith, holding her daughter, Ann Claudette. Both are from Schwartz Avenue in Towson. Photograph was taken in the 1960s at the Smith home on Schwartz Avenue

411 Schwartz Avenue in Towson, home of the Ringgold family since 1963/

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