On Saturday, I met up with Janet from JCB and two of her friends to tour Homewood, a historic house on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. Unfortunately, the guide had a hawk-eye and we were not able to even take the sneakiest of pictures. In fact, when someone stepped back into a room which we'd just visited, the guide yelled at him to come back in the room with us!
Homewood was owned by the son of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Here's an excellent article and audio slideshow about the history of Homewood and details of its renovations from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The house was restored with an unlimited budget over a 25 year period and as our guide pointed out (numerous times), it doesn't have any of the original furnishings, although they've found some on Ebay!
Homewood front elevation
Window on the front pediment Homewood back elevation
Interior images: JHU