Number of Stories: 3
Width (bays): 16
Foundation Material: Brick
Depth (rooms): 6
Structural System: brick
Wall Cladding Material: brick, aluminum, cement
Roof Shape: Gable
Roof Material: asphalt shingle, other
Decorative Details/Unique Features:
Roof type is gable on what appears to be the original section of the building and then flat on the additions.
Aluminum strip covering the top of the first addition, and a decorative header and stretcher water table going across the original building as well as across the first addition.
Bricked in window on front facade.
Part of a bay is bricked in with either new bricks or bricks that are lighter than the old ones.
American bond brick pattern.
Decorative brickwork along all the windows.
Multiple dormers on gabled part of building.
Majority of header bricks have vertical indents in the middle of the them.
Ghost of painted sign on Ford St. facade. might have said "advertising."
Back of building is all cement block: clear distinction where the cinderblock on the backside meets the brick that is wrapped around the front facade. Could potentially be a brick front over top of a cinderblock structure?
Evidence of Integrity Location/Materials:
A few bricked in bays.
Paint is peeling on second addition.
Additions/Alternations to Primary Building:
Clear distinction between concrete block and brick on the backside of the building.
One addition is made of brick and the other is made out of concrete block.
Flat roof on additions. Can't tell roofing material.
Condition of Primary Building: Fair
Observable Threats: Route 1
Compatibility with Adjacent Land Uses:
Fits in with the industrial aspect of the neighborhood on this side of Princess Anne street.
If you include the odd driveway in front of the building, then the setback of the building is comparable to that of lot 5008.
Potential NR Eligibility: Contributing
Evidence of Construction Date:
In 1930, a small building was located on the future site of the current Dowling Signs building. The total values of the buildings on the lot in 1930 were $700, but by 1931, the building value went down to $350, where it remained until 1936 when it shot up to $4000.
Additionally, the current structure first appears on the 1938 plat map, which strongly suggests that the price change in 1936 was a result of the new construction.