August 7, 2014

House Update: Historic Images

Several months ago, I wrote about one of the most beautiful houses in Baltimore, which is currently on the market. You can read about it here.tyrconnell

My smart and funny friend, whom we call JELowe (said like jello), sent me a link to some images of this house from the 1930’s from the Library of Congress. Since he’s an architect, I am sure he was hunting for some other treasure when he stumbled upon these. Where I can find a corresponding contemporary image, I am adding it.

The front entranceimage

Arched terrace overlooking the garden.image

I am wondering if the arch above is the arched terrace, now enclosed, on the right. image

Sure looks like these were once open air!imageLooking across the lawns to the lake.image

The lake looks a lot closer in this image.image

The back terraceimage

From a slightly lower section of the gardens. Still some of the same elements.image

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Dining Roomimageimage‘asimageLibrary/Gun RoomimageimageBedroomimageimageBedroomimageimage

The early owners certainly were fond of early American furnishings, with all of the hooked and rag rugs, the cabinets and the general collection of pieces from that era. The price has dropped by $1 million, which makes it a little more affordable! See the details here.

18 comments:

  1. David Sedaris has a bin lorry named after him due to the fact he collects litter along the roads in the UK. Maintaining a huge property such as the one featured in your blog would no doubt be a huge undertaking. Perhaps Mr Sedaris would have the means and the energy to do so. Ring the bloke up and see if he would have a go at it. FYI Mr Sedaris is well loved author humorist essayist and a hell of a sport. Read recent articles on the web.

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    1. I just read about DS's truck. Very cool!

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  2. I love the coral dining room. Hope this beauty finds a new lover soon. Have a super week-end.
    xo Mary

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  3. Whoever coined the phrase "good bones" regarding houses must have seen this place first! Wow.

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  4. I bet you are right about the arch.xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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    1. I am pretty sure about the arch, looking at both old and new images.

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  5. "the early owners were fond of....." Excuse me, when were the Black and White photos snapped? Perhaps this was considered chic current a must have fitting for the house....... Perhaps the pieces were antique reproductions by a sought after furniture ala Tell City ----manufacturer if nothing less these solid wood beds etc are hmm today's er tomorrow's antiques???? Heavy sigh. Particle board did it exist when the early owners where furnishing this house????

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    1. Pix are from the '30's. This is early American - 1700's - 1800's furniture, rugs, etc. Also, they're not really the right style for a house of that significance.

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  6. Fabulous! I love when the LOC has those old pictures. Wonder if they have any of your house?

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    1. My house isn't significant enough to be in the LOC collection!

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  7. There's really nothing else that comes close to it in the area, garden or house. Mottu & White and Arthur Folsom Paul were in rare form when they pulled this one off for Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs, all that canning money was put to good use. My friend Bartie Riggs Cole is their granddaughter and fondly remembers visiting the house many times as a girl. I wonder what led the Winickis to put the place up for sale, it surprised everyone who knew them.

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    1. A friend of mine is a neighbor and there were plans as recently as late last year to pull down the dumpy old caretaker's cottage and rebuild a house on the footprint (since the property has thankfully been protected against future development) for their married daughter and her family. Not to mention they always used to say they wanted it to be the last house they lived in.

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  8. This property has been used as a filming location on several occasions. The exterior was used to portray Rawley Academy for Boys in the abortive WB teen drama series Young Americans. A party scene in the Renee Zellweger and Chris Noth bomb My Own and Only was filmed in the gardens. The season one episode of The Wire (yes, you read that right, The Wire!) "One Arrest" was filmed here as well, with the house as a venue for a swank political fundraiser. I'm sure there are other instances I'm not aware of.

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    1. Shhhhh... don't tell anyone, I've never seen The Wire!

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    2. I must admit I wondered if that was the case. I've noticed over the years that many of the show's local detractors have only seen one episode or none at all. I think you should give it a try, it's definitely worth it.

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