The Seton Hill Historic District is a primarily residential rowhouse neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Located in the western portion of downtown Baltimore, it surrounds St. Mary’s Park and is bounded by Orchard Street, Monument Street, Eutaw Street, Franklin Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue. The development of the neighborhood, known as Baltimore’s French Quarter, began in the 1790s. The project was overseen by master architect Maximilian Godefroy. As part of the larger project, Godefroy designed Saint Mary’s Seminary Chapel, a church considered to be the oldest Gothic Revival Church in the United States. Adjacent to the church is another notable building in the neighborhood, the Mother Seton House. This was the home of Elizabeth Ann Seton, known as Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. The neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and is noted for being one of Baltimore’s earliest intact neighborhoods, with buildings ranging from small two-and-a-half story row houses to early 20th century commercial sites.
The information contained in this note draws heavily on the neighborhood's entry in the Maryland Historical Trust's database of Maryland's National Register Properties (http://mht.maryland.gov/nr/).