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Carmel Park




Platted in May of 1949 by L.M. Oglukian, the owner of a nearby Oriental rug store, Carmel Park exemplifies naturalistic subdivision design. The neighborhood has curving streets, a “loop” road, areas of dense woodland, and five ponds.  Completing the theme, the lots in Carmel Park are quite large, ranging from 1 1/3 to 1 2/3 acres. Deed restrictions played an important role in shaping the neighborhood during its development. The following items were required of new owners: the lot would be owned and occupied only by whites; it would be used only for residential purposes; only one residence of at least 1500 square feet (for one-story, 800 sq.ft. lower level space for two-story); such residence would cost at least $15,000; and the residence would be constructed at least 100 feet away from the street.


Architecturally, there is a relatively even mix of Colonial Revival; Ranch, Not Modernist; and houses classified as “other.” When compared with the other nine subdivisions surveyed, Carmel Park had the third highest concentration of Modernist houses of all types (8.3%) and the lowest concentrations of Colonial Revival Ranch (6.35%) and split-levels of all types (0%).


Please note that all of the following owners were found in the 1970 City Directory, the first suburban directory that was published, and may not reflect the original ownership except in the case of the Taylor-Shapiro House where a more thorough report was available.


Address                          Description                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Oglukian Road

4817                                James B. Patterson House

The lower two-thirds of the exterior walls of this hip roof ranch house are clad in Roman brick. The original sheathing of the upper one-third has been replaced by vinyl siding. Details include deep eaves, ribbon windows, an interior chimney and sidelights at the entry.


Carmel Park Drive

5201                                James L. Montag House

Set in front of a small pond, this gable roof ranch house has prow-like projections at its gable ends. The house is sheathed in vertical wood siding. Other features include a glassed entry area and front patio on a brick foundation.


5228                                Taylor-Shapiro House

Roland and Lucy Taylor purchased the lot in 1952 and built the house soon thereafter. They owned the property until 1965 when it was sold to Walter and Sylvia Shapiro. Walter Shapiro was a merger consultant. The house is well sited on a hilltop  overlooking one of the five ponds in Carmel Park. The flat roof is multi-level and has very deep eaves. Other features include casement windows, fieldstone accent walls and chimney, vertical wood siding, flush siding between window bays. The footprint of the building is U-shaped enclosing a front terrace facing the pond.

Carmel Park Lane

4711                                H.M. Venable, Jr. House

The upper level of this large, two-story house overhangs the lower level slightly. The front facade is dominated by a large windows with horizontal lights and a decorative, open-pattern brick screen. The upper level of the house is wood siding while the lower level is brick. The house also has ribbon windows and attached garage.