Beginning with his involvement in the wood trade, Robert Cary Long became a prominent builder/architect in Baltimore. Although he enjoyed some success as the proprietor of a lumberyard in Baltimore, by 1805 he was making the transfer into master builder/designer with his work in residential design. Shortly thereafter, in 1807, he was attempting work in the public arena with his design for the Union Bank. With both residential and public commissions coming to him, Long proceeded to design college buildings (Davidge Hall, Johns Hopkins University), theatres (Holliday Street Theatre), museums (Peale Museum), and churches. His career illustrates the rapid conversion that could be made from trade to profession in the early nineteenth century.
Sandra L. Tatman.
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