Maintained but vacant for decades, The Beatty-Cramer House needs a new purpose and sustainable use.
Preservation Maryland will support a new vision for the site and work with the Foundation to identify a sustainable and long-term reuse plan.
The original portion of the Beatty-Cramer House is the oldest known house in Frederick County, and is one of the earliest in the state. It is a rare survivor of early colonial vernacular building tradition, displaying a merging of Dutch, English, and early American carpentry techniques.
Both immediate and long-term threats endanger the Beatty-Cramer House and site. The immediate threat to the Beatty-Cramer House is on-going deterioration. Stabilization starting in 1996 countered some of the deterioration but stalled in 2002. The site is in need of a new use to ensure its long-term preservation.
Measured Architectural Drawing of the Beatty-Cramer Springhouse
Historic American Building Survey, Library of Congress
State Historic Sites Inventory Form for The Beatty-Cramer House
Maryland Historical Trust
Grassroots Preservation with Carrie Albee of the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation
Descendant of 1730s property owner tours Beatty-Crame House
Restoration of Beatty-Cramer spring house to begin
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