Thursday, October 21, 2021

Biltmore Forest Club New (Old) Images

I am always astonished when I Google something I've searched for a million times (Palmer & Lamdin) and all of a sudden, a bunch of new matches show up. This was recently the case when I searched for Palmer, Willis & Lamdin, and found not only a new house in Greensboro, North Carolina, but new pictures of the Biltmore Forest Club in Asheville. I wrote about it here

The images I found were in a 1927 issue of the American Architect and Architecture journal. There wasn't really a story about the club, as far as I could tell, but there were a number of images. 

The best thing is that there are plans of the building included, so that you can see how the space works. 

Friday, October 15, 2021

On the Market: 5917 Bellona Avenue

This is one of the later houses in the P&L catalogue, having been built in 1940. It's also different from most of their other houses because it's in the Art Moderne style, a significant departure from their usual quirky classicism. This house is similar to the building that Lamdin (or perhaps new partner, Charles Nes) designed as their offices on St. Paul Street and the former Carl's Hair Salon in Mt. Vernon. 

From the realtor's website:

Semi-Detached 3 bedroom, 2 bath in Old Homeland/Belvedere area. Palmer & Lamdin designed gem with Art Deco influences. Large living room with fireplace, dining room and open kitchen with breakfast bar.
Hardwood floors, updated bathroom and large lower level with additional full bathroom and family room area.
White-wash painted and sealed exterior with great back yard including fire pit area and large rear deck. Rear alley access to detached garage and fenced rear yard.
Walk to Hip and Cool Belvedere Square for food, drink and shopping, The Senator theater and grocery stores. Easy access to public transit to enjoy everything Baltimore has to offer!

This house has been updated in a very trendy manner, but it looks like most of it can be easily undone (see "interior barn doors" and "random plank siding"). 

There are several P&L houses designed in a similar style, including one on N. Charles Street, just north of Northern Parkway, and another one on N. Charles just south of Bellona Avenue in Ruxton. 

Someone should have painted this house before it went on the market. It looks like the paint is peeling, not crisp and white. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

P&L Lecture Link

Last week, as part of the launch of Arch-tober, also known as Architecture Month, I gave a video lecture on Palmer & Lamdin and their distinctive architectural style. 

Most of my lectures are completely scripted, but because I felt like I knew the subject well enough, I just read from notes. And I said "ummm" a lot. So sorry! Also ignore the blah, blah, blah before the lecture begins!

You can find the link here. Also, stay tuned for pictures from a day of careening around Roland Park, Guilford and Homeland with a new friend who is an architect in North Carolina. We had a ball and even were invited in to see a Lamdin-designed house in Homeland!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

117 Upnor Road, Homeland

I was perusing real estate listings and found a house at 117 Upnor Road that had been on the market in 2017, but not currently. 

Here's what the real estate listing says:

Designed by premier architects Edward L. Palmer, Jr. and William D. Lamdin, this stone masterpiece sits majestically on just under a half an acre.

A brilliant combination of classic finishes by artisans who paid incredible attention to detail
and 21st century updates, including gourmet kitchen with Sub Zero and Wolf appliances and master bath.
Professionally landscaped fenced yard, attached garage and so much more!!

This is a great house in a great neighborhood, on a street full of wonderful houses.  

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Lecture: The Works of Palmer & Lamdin

As you might (or might not) know, I was the President of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, and one of the committees we had was called the "Dead Architects Society" named after the movie of a similar name. 

As a member of this committee, a number of us selected architects from the early 20th century on whom to do a deep dive and I selected Palmer & Lamdin as mine. The result has been this website.

On Friday, October 5 at noon, I will be giving a presentation on the occasion of the beginning of Arch-tober, the celebration of architecture week month. Here's the description:

Palmer & Lamdin, an architectural firm working mainly from the 1920’s to the 1940’s, designed some of the most interesting residences in Baltimore, characterized as “classical, with a twist.” Edward Palmer was one of the original architects for the Roland Park Company, but in 1917, went out on his own, acquired a partner, William Lamdin, and proceeded to design more than 300 properties in Baltimore, Delaware, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Meg Fairfax Fielding, a past president of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, is presenting. She is doing a deep dive on Palmer & Lamdin for the Dead Architects Society and writes the blog Palmer and Lamdin Architects. The program is hosted on Zoom.

Here is the link to the event

Friday, August 27, 2021

On the Market: 3 Kenwood Road

From the listing:

Introducing your Quintessential Roland Park Home! Enjoy this 7 bedroom, 4 full bath, 2 half bath, 5000+ square foot home on a double lot, surrounded by beautiful landscaping. 

Walk inside and you will immediately be "wowed" by the grand hall with gleaming hardwood floors.

Spacious rooms on the first level include a den/office, a formal dining room, a 2nd den/sitting room off kitchen,
a sophisticated, black lacquer painted half bath, a living room with wood burning fireplace
and French Doors leading to a bright & airy, L-shaped sun room overlooking the thoughtfully maintained lush gardens. 

The updated kitchen (2013) features a wood stove in the breakfast area, granite countertops, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, tile backsplash, butler's pantry with an additional sink, a second refrigerator and even more cabinet space (look up and see the varnished bead-board ceilings in this area). 

On the second floor you will find another Grand Hall with hardwood floors, 4 bedrooms, two full baths (both with dual vanities) and an area in Hall used as a second office. French Doors in Hall lead to the front balcony.

French Doors in primary bedroom lead to expansive rear balcony. The primary bedroom suite includes a bathroom and a dressing room (originally a bedroom) with a walk-in closet. 

Next, take another staircase to the third level featuring 3-4 additional bedrooms and two full baths, along with plenty of space for recreation and/or storage. This home also has a spacious basement which includes a laundry room with a front loading washer/dryer, more recreational space, currently used a fitness center, another half bath and even a wine cellar with an exit stairwell leading up to the back yard. 

Finally take a walk outside and enjoy a lovely patio for entertaining while admiring the gorgeous lawn and gardens with an underground sprinkler system installed.  This residence includes a detached, two-car garage (with automatic door opener with your driveway entrance for additional parking. This home is truly magnificent!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

On the Market: 101 Wendover Road

This Palmer & Lamdin-designed house at 101 Wendover Road was built in 1929, at the height of construction in Guilford. It is one of their more traditional-style homes, alternately described as Charleston-style, French Regency or Colonial Revival. Regardless, the classic style holds its own after nearly a century.

As you enter from the bluestone patio and through the double doors, you come into a black-and-white checked marble floor, with beautiful millwork details on the walls and a sweeping staircase with a wrought-iron railing.
From there, you will find the beautiful living room with its elaborate fireplace with carved marble surround and numerous French doors leading to the gardens.
Or head the dining room with its arched inset display cases and then into the recently upgraded gourmet kitchen.
Or head to the cozy library/home office where you can curl up with a good book or catch up on your emails. There is also the former garage which has been converted to a family room, complete with ceiling beams and a fireplace.

The bedrooms and baths in this house range from sumptuous and luxurious to cozy and intimate.
The smaller ones were most likely the servants’ quarters, but they still have the details expected in a house like this one.

The grounds are filled with mature plantings including flowering bushes, old-growth trees, a private garden and beautiful lawns. A swimming pool, just off the blue-stone patio which extends the length of the house provides a perfect backdrop for any party.
There is on-site parking with a private “motor court” which will hold several cars. 

The listing for the house is here. For an article about the renovations of the house, click here.

Originally published in Baltimore Fishbowl, Aug. 23, 2021