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La Paix photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0105


This collection consists of one box of photographs of the La Paix house in Towson, Maryland. Images contain views of the interior and exterior of the house with mostly identified Turnbull family members.


  • circa 1910


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

The house called La Paix was designed by J. Appleton Wilson for the Lawrence Turnbull family in 1885. Located on York Road near Sheppard Station in Towson (Baltimore County, Md.), La Paix was destroyed in 1964 and the site now contains St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Lawrence Turnbull (died 1919) was a lawyer and publisher, son of Henry C. and Anna Graeme Turnbull, whose siblings included the sculptor Grace Turnbull. He married the writer Francese Hubbard Litchfield Turnbull (died 1927) in 1871, and together they established the Turnbull Lectureship on Poetry at the Johns Hopkins University in memory of a son who died in childhood. Making their home at 1530 Park Avenue in Baltimore and at La Paix, their children were Edwin L., Bayard (died 1954), Eleanor L. and Grace H. (1880-1976). Grace Turnbull was well known as a sculptor.

La Paix was later home to F. Scott Fizgerald and his wife Zelda, who was being treated at nearby Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for mental illness. The house was torn down in 1962 to clear land for St. Joseph Hospital.


1.37 Linear Feet (1 Oversize flat box)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harry M. Murdock, 1979.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one box of eight large format photographs which are undated but thought to have been made in 1910. The photographs, made by Getz, are 18.5 x 24 cm. and mounted on boards 32 x 38 cm. All document La Paix, including interior and exterior views. Some images show people who are mostly identified.

Guide to the La Paix photograph collection
Under Revision
Katherine Cowan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2020-01-29: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States