My friend, the brilliant artist and architect, Jerome Gray, has a series of sketches he calls "dead building walking." And that's exactly what this formerly charming, Moderne house is currently experiencing.
This house is located on the corner of Charles Street and Northern Parkway. It's been on and off the market for ages. It seems to have recently been sold and there's some unfortunate work going on with the house.
The listing says that the house was built in 1947, which would make it very late on the Palmer and Lamdin timeline. But there were enough elements in the house to make it an elegant little place.
Let's start at the front. There was an elegant copper canopy over the front door.Very graceful. Fits beautifully with the style of the house, doesn't it?
Recently, we noticed that there was some activity going on with the house.It was looking ominous. Sadly, this house sits just outside two neighborhoods with fairly strict covenants, so there are no design standards which are imposed on home owners.
As I was driving by the other day, I could see that more work had been done, but at the risk of crashing, I couldn't see what. Then a friend posted this:As a reminder, we're in Maryland, not on the ranges of Montana. This is so inappropriate to the house. What was someone thinking??? What next, a split-rail fence?
Here's the other crime. Originally, there were steel corner windows which fit with the Moderne theme of the house.
At some point, seemingly around 2015, they were changed to vinyl sash windows. Borderline criminal.
There are still ghosts of the original interior, including the staircase and arched doorways.But honestly, we're waiting with great trepidation as to what comes next. Transformation into a log cabin?