Welcome to Palmer & Lamdin, a place to learn about these early 20th century architects who mainly worked in Baltimore. Most of their work was residential, and it was very distinctive.
The firm's principals are Edward L. Palmer and William D. Lamdin. For a short time in the 1920's, the firm was called Palmer, Willis & Lamdin, with partner, J.Swing Willis. The firm was in business in from 1929 to 1945. Palmer & Lamdin were part of a group of architects, including Laurence Hall Fowler, Howard Sill, John Russell Pope, Mattu & White and Bayard Turnbull who are responsible for the majority of houses in Guilford, as well as a number in Homeland, Roland Park, Dumbarton and Cedarcroft.
The noted Baltimore architect, Walter Schamu, has this to say about the style of Palmer & Lamdin:
There is a lot of texture to P&L houses. The facades both project and recede.
Your eye dances along the roof-lines. Look at the flare at the edge of the roof - it's that little kick at the end of the slate.
It's an easing of the roof-line before it hits the gutter.
Flourishes such as dovecotes, turrets, round windows mixed with rectangular ones,
and the aptly named "eyebrow dormers" peek out.
Another common P&L feature is a corner entry with a copper-roofed turret.
Trademark P&L features also include unusual brick chimneys - known as Jacobean or diamond-stack chimneys - that appear to twist as they rise.
Additionally, their houses are often built with a combination of different types of masonry,
including the mixing of brick- and stone-work.
All-in-all, P&L houses are very distinctive and tend to be fairly easy to identify.