John W. Hogg

JOHN W. HOGG (1813-1871)

John W. Hogg is one of the more obscure 19th century Baltimore architects with only 12 or possibly 13 projects documented for him.  His office was on Davis Street 1853-56, South Street 1860 and Baltimore Street 1867-71.  Two projects are and were major 19th century projects:  Evergreen 1858, the mansion between Loyola University and Notre Dame College on N. Charles Street; and the original Bay View Asylum 1860-66, now the site of Bay View – Johns Hopkins Hospitals in east Baltimore.  Several churches are documented to Hogg including the Deer Creek Harmony Presbyterian Church 1870 near Darlington in Harford County, MD.  Two other churches, Exeter Street Methodist 1850 and no longer standing, and the former Jackson Square Methodist 1866, now Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox, just off Broadway at Fairmount and Irvine Streets, are competent projects very similar to dozens of other churches of their era, with their architects unknown; it is tempting to consider if they were also by John W. Hogg.  The former Woodbury Methodist Church 1867, a large dark gray stone church in Woodbury highly visible from I-83 and now missing its spire, was by Hogg, a project on Edmund G. Lind’s own project list that he did not get.

George A. Frederick, in his Recollections 1912, remembered Hogg at the beginning of his own career in the early 1860s.  The Bay View Asylum was the only project he mentioned.

Builders J. H. and John S. Hogg practiced in the same era and should not be confused with architect John A. Hogg.  We do not know if they were related.

John W. Hogg was born in 1813 and died March 29, 1871.  His parents were Charles (1784-1851) and Mary A. (1794-1871) Hogg.

His first wife was Martha Ann, 1819-1851.  They had two daughters who died in infancy, Martha Ann and Anna Bell.  A third daughter was Charlotte Ellen (1840-1921).  A son was George G. Hogg (1842-1875) and his wife was Mary L. (1844-1923).  William was another son.

His second wife was Susannah F. (1822-1908).  They had three children, John W., Susannah and Frank.

Except for some of the children, these are buried in Green Mount Cemetery.

In late January1857 his country house on Charles Street Avenue three miles from the city (i.e. from North Avenue) burned to the ground.  “It was a large frame mansion and the loss of the building and furniture is estimated at between six and seven thousand dollars, on which there was no insurance.”

James T. Wollon, Jr., A.I.A. based on research by John McGrain, Peter Kurtze and Virginia Barrett Price.