Wednesday, September 7, 2022

On the Market: 3703 N. Charles Street

From Baltimore Fishbowl's Hot House:
Classic Georgian
in Guilford.
6 Beds/5 Baths. 5,093 Square Feet.
3703 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. $1,648,000.

When you hear the expression “they just don’t make them like that anymore” this is the kind of style, elegance and craftsmanship of which they speak. The details throughout this house are rare in newly built residences. From the layered and extravagant millwork in almost every room, to the porte cochère leading to the old-school “motor court,” to the beautiful grounds to the myriad details, you will find many hallmarks of the architects, Palmer & Lamdin who designed this house in 1922 as part of their expansive portfolio in Guilford.

As you enter through a double set of beautiful double doors, you’re greeted by a wide center hallway leading to a gracious living room with a beautiful fireplace, and a bright, sunny sunroom beyond that, accessible through two set of French doors. 

The dining room is accented by detailed millwork, and beautiful, deep bay window which overlooks the gardens. A classic swinging door leads to the kitchen which was completely renovated in 2016 with professional-grade appliances, marble counters and a large butler’s pantry.

The second floor features a large main bedroom with en-suite bath with heated floors, two walk-in dressing rooms/closets and a fireplace. There are two additional bedrooms and baths on the second floor, as well as an all-weather glassed-in sunroom, with a wall of bookcases that could be used as a home office or a playroom. The third floor has three additional bedrooms, as well as two full bathrooms and a dressing room with wardrobes for storing out-of-season clothing.

As you move outside, the motor court leads to a large two-car garage with a second floor that could be used as an exercise area or an in-law or au pair apartment. The grounds of this house have been beautifully landscaped which are completely private for playing or entertaining.

This house is tucked in between Bishop’s and St. Martin’s Roads, which are basically the same street. There is ample private parking on the property for you and your guests, because this is a house made for entertaining. It is close to the Hopkins Homewood Campus and Union Memorial Hospital, as well as all of the fun restaurants and shops on St. Paul Street, just below 33rd Street and the Waverly Market.

This is a house that makes a statement. It would suit a family with lots of friends of all ages and who love to entertain. It’s convenient to uptown and downtown, and as it’s been for the past one hundred years, the prestige of an address in Guilford. The house goes on the market on September 14, 2022. The listing for the house is here.

All images from the listing.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

P&L and Cedarcroft

If you don't know it already, Cedarcroft is a small neighborhood in Baltimore, which is just north of Homeland and south of the city line. It was established in the late 1910s and early 1920s. The houses are generally smaller than the ones in Homeland, Roland Park and Guilford. Its laid out on a general grid and is a lovely neighborhood with many old-growth trees.

From the National Register of Historic Places' registration form:

In 1910, the Cedarcroft Land Company employed the architectural firm of Palmer, Willis and Lamdin to produce the subdivision plan. This was the period that Edward L. Palmer, Jr. chief architect of the Roland Park Company was working with Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. as Olmsted designed the Guilford subdivision a short distance to the south.

The development of Cedarcroft also illustrates the process by which the overall appearance of the community was shaped by a few influential house designs. The architectural office of Edward L. Palmer, Jr. created three plans for houses in Cedarcroft in 1916 and 1919. Although only eight houses were constructed using these plans, many of the design elements they employed came to be seen throughout the district.

The path of the roadways of Hollen, Blackburn, and Pinehurst, plus the shallow gutters to be found in part on these roadways, reflect design motifs used in Guilford. Palmer's specifications for houses he designed in Cedarcroft directed builders to use the specifications that the Roland Park Company employed Palmer, continued his relationship with the Cedarcroft Land Company by creating three house designs in 1916 and 1919.

Two of these designs were used for the construction of seven houses. One design used both the ‘front façade’ and the ‘side façade’ as façades facing the roadway. Although there were several Dutch Colonial style houses prior to Palmer's Dutch Colonial at 413 Cedarcroft Road (1919), this outstanding design clearly influenced designers working in Cedarcroft.

The majority of houses in this style in Cedarcroft were built between 1919 and 1930. In addition, Palmer's use of Tudor massing coupled with traditional ornamentation, such as at 6202 Blackburn Lane, clearly influenced other designs in Cedarcroft. Palmer's influence on the architectural quality of Baltimore's early 20th century residential suburbs is widely acknowledged.

Palmer was the first of only two "Company architects" for the Roland Park Company, the other being John A. Ahlers who replaced Palmer in 1935. Both through their own design work and in their contribution to the standards and specifications which the Roland Park Company adopted, these men significantly influenced the quality of architecture found in Roland Park, Guilford, Homeland, the Orchards, parts of Dundalk and Original Northwood.

Many other developers adopted the Roland Park Company system for developments such as Tuscany-Canterbury, Oakenshawe, Woodbrook, Blythewood, and of course, Cedarcroft. 

Another house in Cedarcroft is at 11 Gittings Avenue. This is a more typical P&L house with all sorts of wings, dovecotes, porches, etc.

The house is hidden behind a number of old pine trees, and try as I might, I've been unable to get a good photo of it. Luckily, this image from the Library of Congress is in their files.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

On the Market: 107 Upnor Road

This house on Upnor Road is back on the market again after having been sold in 2020 for $699,950. Here is the 2022 listing for $838,000. It doesn't look like a lot of work has been done over the past two years, if the wallpaper behind the bookshelves is any indication.

Here is the [minimal] description from the current listing:

Seamlessly expanded and updated English Cotswold style home on picturesque tree-lined street in Homeland. Expansive main level includes Living Room

with fireplace, formal Dining Room, Study, Updated Kitchen with stainless steel appliances and quartz counter, sunny Family Room, Den and ensuite Bedroom. Primary Bedroom with updated Bath plus 2 additional large Bedroom, 2 updated Baths
and Laundry on the 2nd Level. 3rd floor Bedroom. Gas heat, zoned central air, fenced back yard with Patio, parking pad and professionally landscaped lot.

One thing I really appreciate is when a listing has a floorplan included.

One thing that kills me is the Random capitalization in listings. 

Thursday, July 21, 2022

On the Market: 5 Paddington Court

I have written about the houses on Paddington Court a few times, click here to see the posts, and now I see that No. 5 Paddington Court is on the market. 

Here is the listing:

This magnificent Cotswold-style stone home is truly a must see. Designed and built by the Palmer-Lamdin firm in 1929 and situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in Historic Homeland, you will fall in love immediately with its charm. This home welcomes you with its well-manicured, mature gardens. Enter into a large foyer. Main level features a formal living room with wood burning fireplace (cleaned and ready to use regularly), lovely sunroom

which could be used as an office or TV room, a large dining room with plenty of space for a substantial table, breakfast nook with built-in bench seating, pantry, half bathroom, and a very large, luxurious kitchen.
The kitchen boasts Viking appliances, granite counters, farmhouse sink, and the list goes on. The attention to detail in the kitchen alone is stunning. Second level features 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Large primary bedroom leads through to a primary full bath with floor-to-ceiling glass tile, heated floors and bidet. Continue through to a perfect workout/prep/closet area and up the very wide stairs to the amazing third level, where you are only limited by your imagination. This could be used as two private office spaces, or one office space and an entertainment area. Fenced in rear yard with stone patio is great for entertaining.

Attached garage can certainly fit a car, or can be used for storage. Slate roof is on an annual maintenance plan. 2 AC systems help with efficiency. Basement is unfinished and has an operable "Baltimore Flush". Top to bottom elegance; a beautiful combination of modern updates and old charm.

Paddington Court is one of several courts that P&L created to establish houses on the boundary of the neighborhood. Others include Middleton Court and Norwood Court. The houses are inward-facing on a central court and have parking and utilities facing the boundary road.

However, there is a circular drive that provides access to all of the houses from the front. 

The listing is here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

215 Northway Updated

Right after I started Palmer & Lamdin, I wrote about the house owned by Dr. Harvey Grant Beck. I'd found a bookplate with his house as the illustration, finally matched it to his house in Guilford, and then realized it was a Palmer & Lamdin!  

As I was conducting my monthly P&L search, I came up with an article on the house in the 1926 Architectural Forum magazine with pictures of the house, plans, and a brief article. Please excuse the poor quality of the photographs. 

My understanding is that the current owner of the house has the blueprints, and I will try and get my hands on them.

3805 Greenway Re-visited

I am always amazed that when I Google P&L, new entries show up, and this is one case. The house at 3805 Greenway is stunning, by anyone's assessment. When it was on the market in 2021, the realtors conducted an interview with the owners, and I stumbled on it when I was doing my monthly P&L search this week. Here's the link to the original post on the house.


Wednesday, June 1, 2022

On the Market: 406 Bretton Place

No. 406 Bretton Place is one of 17 houses on this tiny road, just off of Juniper Road in Guilford. These houses, designed as two sets of seven houses, and one set of three, were built in 1914-1915. 

Here is the copy from the real estate ad. (Can someone please explain the Random capitalizations to Me? It's endemic in all real estate Ads.)

Beautifully Updated Tudor Townhome Perfectly Situated in the Historic Guildford neighborhood. Manicured landscaping and Mature Trees line this fantastic street. Walk up to the covered front porch and enter your Oasis!

A Cozy Brick Fireplace accents the freshly painted living room living room to warm you on those chilly nights! Walk through to the adjoining formal dining room and renovated kitchen which reveals gorgeous ceramic tile, granite countertops, sleek stainless steel appliances, two wall mounted ovens and a beautiful cooktop. Entertaining will be a breeze with this layout. Open the kitchen door to spacious wooden deck waiting for your charm and design. The second level of the Home has Oak flooring and a primary bedroom suite boasting a sitting/dressing room. The Second large bedroom equipped with a walk in closet offers access to a private balcony and shares the second level bath Third level boast two huge additional room, private bath, second private balcony. Lower level of this home boasts plenty of storage and gives you a blank slate to Create the Space you've been wanting.


Here is a picture of the house across the street from 406. You can see some of the tell-tale P&L details, including the jerkin-head roofline, the varied patterns in the brickwork and the arches on the loggia. (Sorry for the bad picture, it was a really small part of a bigger picture.) 

Apparently, No. 406 had sold a few months ago, but the buyer backed out, so it's back on the market. The listing is here.