Wednesday, October 14, 2020

On the Market: 5601 Waycrest Lane

Waycrest Lane is one of those semi-hidden streets that you're not going to find unless you know exactly where it is, regardless of GPS. 

From the real estate listing:

Designed by noted Baltimore architects Palmer & Lamdin in the 1930s and later enhanced by landscape architectural design by Oehme, van Sweden, thoughtful details abound at this private Poplar Hill residence. 

From the brick herringbone patterned front walk to the renovated Delbert Adams cooks' kitchen to the large bluestone patio, 5601 Waycrest lends itself equally well to comfortable family living and elegant entertaining.

A neutral palette and wood floors throughout make inside as soothing as the concrete and stone falling water fountain does outside. The spacious living and dining rooms feature multi-paned bay windows and access to the stone floored screened porch.

In addition to a large primary bedroom with en suite bath, walk-in closets and access to a screened porch aerie, the second floor offers two or three additional bedrooms and two additional full baths.

The natural light filled third floor provides flexibility for additional bedroom, office or studio space. 25 new double-hung windows, ample closet space, built-in cabinetry, zoned air-conditioning and a two car garage with automatic opener help makes this special home easy to live in.

Rarely available and thoroughly captivating, this home will please the most discriminating buyers.

The listing is here 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

On the Market: 200 Tunbridge Road

From the realtor's listing: One of a kind Palmer & Lamdin stone colonial.

Newly-updated kitchen with high end stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry. 

Updated bluestone patio with fenced yard. 

Four bedrooms and three full bathrooms on second floor, plus half bathroom on main floor. Many original details beautifully preserved. Dual zone forced AC system. Large living room with wood burning fireplace. 

Dining room with period fixtures and French doors to patio. 

Updated butler’s pantry off kitchen with den off kitchen that leads to patio. 

Two car detached stone garage with updated garage door. 

A beautiful home with many original details and many new updates that maintain the character, details and charm of the original home.

It's always great when a real estate listing includes house plans, like this one does. 
Here is the link to the house


Friday, September 25, 2020

Gibson Island

From the earliest days of their partnership, P&L had an affiliation with Gibson Island, a small community located between Baltimore and Annapolis on the Chesapeake Bay. The landscaping plan was devised by the Olmsted Brothers Corporation.
The first mention of GI in the catalogue raisonné at the University of Baltimore is a notation of Palmer designing his own house on the island. This is followed by the Donald Sherwood House, the Paul Patterson House and the Symington House. Additionally, there is a house for Mrs. M.M. Anderson. 

In April of 1930, there is a mention in the Baltimore Sun that ELP had sold his house on Skippers Row, on Harbor Water Road, overlooking the inner harbor.
It contained 10 rooms, and two baths and sits on a lot of 129 by 212 feet. “Mr. Palmer, according to the announcement, has purchased a site on the island for the erection of a larger house during 1931.”

I had a chance to visit GI a few weeks ago on a beautiful summer day, just after a big storm blew through. 
My friend, who is a member of Gibson Island, and I drove around trying to figure out which houses were designed by P&L. Because we've had so much rain this summer, everything was lush and green, so it wasn't very easy to see the houses. And because GI is such a private place, the houses are set back from the road. 
The house below, located next to the GI Clubhouse, is the Donald Sherwood House, as mentioned above, which looks east over the Chesapeake Bay. In the third picture, I tried to take a picture of the weather vane from the second picture, but because of the greenery, you can't see it.
Just north of this house is St. Christopher's By-the-Sea, the non-denominational chapel on the island. I've been to several small (because the chapel is small) weddings there, and it's completely charming. 
Gibson Island sometimes has real estate open days, so keep your eyes open for that. Otherwise, the island is private and your name must be on a list in order to visit. 

I left the island to drive back to Baltimore just as the sun was setting over the harbor. 
We are so fortunate to have places like this in our backyard. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On the Market: 6 Englewood Road


No. 6 Englewood Road: Semi-Detached Palmer & Lamdin House on a Private Park in Roland Park; Five Bedrooms/Four Baths; $749,000

Hot House: If you know early 20th century residential architecture in Baltimore, then you understand the special place that Palmer & Lamdin have in shaping the look of Roland Park, Homeland, Guilford and Original Northwood. Their houses are searched out and treasured by architectural aficionados for their thoughtful details and signature touches.

What: This semi-detached house on Englewood Road, just a block off of Falls Road, and a few blocks south of Northern Parkway, is one of an enclave of houses that back up to a private park available only to the residents. If you understand the architectural vernacular of English garden cities, this group of houses is a perfect example, and they look as if they belong in England, too.

No. 6 Englewood Road is filled with light and space. The updated kitchen, featuring Kitchenaid Architecture Series appliances, will be the heart of the house, especially since it also contains a wet bar with a live-edge counter and a wine refrigerator. 

There is a dining room off of the kitchen which could be either casual or formal, depending on your décor. And the living room features a classic wood-burning fireplace for those cozy evenings at home. A sunny sunroom provides a quiet spot for reading, playing board games or watching television.

There are three bedrooms on the second floor, and in a stroke of genius, the laundry room is also located there, which saves “loads” of time! The largest bedroom has an adjacent bath, and a walk-in closet. The other two bedrooms share a bath. The third floor has space for another bedroom, plus another room which could be used as a bedroom, home office or playroom. And there is another bathroom up there as well.

However, it’s the outside space that makes this house special. In addition to a good-sized landscaped fenced-in back yard, the house backs up onto a private park, owned in common with the surrounding houses, and accessible only by them. Old growth trees provide loads of ambience and shade during our hot Baltimore summers. 


Where: No. 6 Englewood Road is on the northwest edge of Roland Park. It’s less than three minutes (depending on the traffic lights) to the Jones Falls Expressway. The shops and library on Roland Park are just a few minutes’ drive, or a 20-minute walk. There are numerous public and private schools within a mile and a half. There are communal events held for the neighbors in the private park.

Final Appraisal: Palmer & Lamdin were the premiere architects of Roland Park, Homeland and Guilford. Their residential work has stood the test of time for more than 100 years, and their houses are highly prized by their owners. This house has been somewhat updated, but the original charm still shines through. The house will officially be on the market on October 3, 2020. The listing is here

Originally printed in Baltimore Fishbowl, Sept. 21, 2020 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

803 Rackham Road, Gibson Island

This spectacular house was one of the earliest houses built on Gibson Island, and it was designed in 1926 by Palmer, Willis & Lamdin, in the few short years they worked together. By 2014, it had only had three owners. I found a listing from that time, but there also seems to be a more recent one, which is undated.

The house is designed in a French Chateau style complete with a turret and a steeply-pitched shingle roofed tower. The interior of the house has a number of rustic accents, as well. The front door opens onto a 35x25-foot great room with a beamed ceiling and a huge fireplace. (There seem to be two sets of pictures of this house, so I am sharing both.)

This great room divides the house with public rooms to one side and private spaces to the other. The private rooms include a first-floor main suite
and additional bedrooms on the second floor are accessed by a spiral staircase in the stone turret.
The third-floor tower room has a 360-degree view of the bay and the river.

The public rooms feature a formal dining room,

a kitchen, a library

and a conservatory with a heated floor.

There is a pool behind the house and the landscaping, at least when these pictures were taken, was sympathetic to the style of the house. 

There are also some quirky architectural details on the house that reflect the care that architects used to put into their creations. You can see P&L's signature dovecote on the right of the picture.
In 2014, this house was about $1.5 million, but I am sure it's tripled in price over the past six years. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

On the Market: Five Stratford Road

No. 5 Stratford Road, designed by Edward L. Palmer, is a brick colonial revival house designed in the most classic style. The house was featured in a full page ad in the Roland Park Homes, Gardens and People magazine in 1927. 
It is now on the market, and here is what the real estate listing has to say:
A stunning example of Edward L. Palmer’s fine architectural detail, 5 Stratford spares no expense in grandeur and grace. 
Established wisteria greets you upon arrival as you enter the black and white, marble checked foyer.
The first floor features a formal dining room adjacent to the kitchen.Expansive family room includes a wood burning fireplace with an attached sunroom and backyard access.  
Light-filled breakfast room opens to an expanded bluestone patio and lush backyard.
A grand staircase leads you to the second floor which includes an updated Master suite with 2 vanities and glass shower. A second full bath on this level serves the remaining 2 bedrooms.  3rd floor boasts an additional 2 large bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Basement  finished with polished concrete floors, wet bar, and half bath. Finished basement also includes an area for a gym or playroom. 

Large grass backyard, meticulously landscaped and 2 car garage. 
Thoughtful updates throughout including full HVAC system with hospital-grade filter system, updated and new bathrooms, custom storm windows, new electrical panel, new sewer, water lines and much more. 
Another great P&L house!

Monday, July 13, 2020

On the Market: 4327 Wickford Road

A few months ago, I wrote about some of P&L's houses on Wickford Road, including three that are on a curve in the road before it turns into Northfield Place. They were featured in an article in the 1913 issue of Brickbuilder Magazine. 4327 Wickford is the first house in both images.

The details about this house are extremely scant: "Large home with beautiful grounds, a two-car garage and a carriage house." And the pictures are mostly of the grounds, with few of the interiors. Of course, the listing neglects the most important fact: that the house was designed by Palmer & Lamdin!

My source says that the house is possibly owned by a Nobel Prize winning scientist. With stellar shots like this one, I am sure the house will sell quickly.
The price seem high, considering the fact that there is some work to be done (and I am presuming this is the two-car garage/carriage house).

The listing is here.