Country house for Lawrence Turnbull

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Country house for Lawrence Turnbull
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Site Information
AddressLa Paix Lane
Geo-reference39°23′10″N 76°36′25″W / 39.3862°N 76.60694°W / 39.3862; -76.60694
OwnerLawrence Turnbull
Building Data
Building TypeDwelling
Architectural StyleShingle Style
ArchitectJ. Appleton Wilson
Architecture FirmWilson & Wilson
Start Date1884
CompletedAbt: 1884
RazedAbt: 1960

No. 137 on J. Appleton Wilson's list of Executed Projects "Country house for Lawrence Turnbull nr. Govanstown." Turnbull was a repeat Wilson & Wilson client, having commissioned 9 houses in the 1200 block of John Street in 1880 and 5 houses in the unit block of East Lafayette Avenue in 1884.

This is the house that Bayard Turnbull, one of Lawrence's children, rented to Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald in the mid-1930s.

Lawrence Turnbull (1843-1919) was a lawyer, publisher, and Presbyterian preacher. A graduate of Princeton, he clerked for Severn Teackle Wallis, the dean of the Baltimore bar, then launched a monthly magazine called The New Eclectic to bring the latest English writing to readers in the war-devastated south. He brought poet Sidney Lanier to Baltimore and endowed a lecture series at the Peabody Institute. He lived at 1530 Park Avenue, the northernmost house in Beethoven Terrace, for which he is believed to have suggested the name. Grace Turnbull, the sculptor, and Bayard Turnbull, the architect and friend of Scott Fitzgerald, were two of his six children.