Tuesday, April 12, 2022

American Apartment Houses of Today: Illustrating Plans, Details, Exteriors

As I was searching for Palmer & Lamdin today, I came across an old issue of "American Apartment Houses of Today: Illustrating Plans, Details, Exteriors" from 1926. This was pretty much the time when the firm was busiest, designing everything from single family homes, grand apartment buildings and even a very elegant parking garage

I found the plans for two P&L projects, about which I have written before: The Roland Park Apartments, and the St. Paul Court Apartments


These old trade journals can be a goldmine of information!

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

On the Market: 803 W. University Parkway

Nestled on the south side of University Parkway, overlooking the large green dell, this house is very deceptive on many levels. It’s one of P&L’s more unusual houses, first, because it’s a very early concrete house, second, because it’s in a Mediterranean style, and third, because it’s semi-detached. But at 4,200 square feet and eight bedrooms, it’s not a small house!

You enter the house through a wonderful porch, complete with classic steel windows, and a terra cotta tile floor, which is suitable for use three seasons of the year and immediately invokes a Mediterranean vibe.

Once you fully enter the house, you see that there is almost a Arts and Crafts-style in the original woodwork on the ceilings, staircase and fireplace, which fits in with the construction date of 1906. The main staircase is topped by an Arts and Crafts-style skylight. The current owners have taken full advantage of this style with paint colors which accent the wood beautifully.

The main level features the large hallway, a living room and dining room, both with fireplaces that have been adapted to wood-stoves, as well as an updated kitchen with a large island, which works well with the house’s Arts and Crafts style, and a newly installed powder room. There is a back staircase that leads up from the kitchen. The second level features four bedrooms and two baths, and the third floor has an additional four bedrooms and a bathroom. All of the bathrooms have recently been renovated.

The grounds of this house include a large patio off the kitchen, as well as two private parking spaces, which are always an asset.

The sweeping and winding University Parkway is one of Baltimore’s prettiest streets, with the “upper” and “lower” portions being home to some of the most distinguished houses in the city, many of them by Palmer & Lamdin. This house is within easy walking distance of the Rotunda and all it has to offer, as well as to Johns Hopkins University and all of its myriad programs and schools. The two off-street parking spaces are an added bonus this house offers.

If you’re an architecture geek, the fact that this house is one of the earliest concrete houses built is a bonus, as well as its design by Palmer & Lamdin, in addition to several other houses along University Parkway. The eight bedrooms can be filled by home offices or extra space for everyone. The listing for the house is here.

 Originally published in Baltimore Fishbowl

Thursday, March 10, 2022

On the Market: 4417 Norwood Road, Guilford

A while ago, I wrote about the houses on Norwood Road/Norwood Court. While Palmer & Lamdin designed several of the houses on Norwood Road, they designed all of the houses on Norwood Court, which is really just the end of Norwood Road.

As the listing mentions, the house is in the "classic English cottage" style, which is more or less true. These houses employ a typical Palmer trick - backing up on to a main road, in this case Old Cold Spring, which used to be "only" Cold Spring. Similar courts appear in Homeland as Paddington Court, and Middleton Court. It keeps the houses separated from the traffic on the road and forms a cohesive group of similar houses. 

From the listing: 

Do you want to live in the nicest neighborhood in the City? Welcome to Guilford and a Picture Perfect home abundant in elegance and sophisticated modern comforts.

With the charm of a classic English cottage {Helloooo??? Palmer & Lamdin!!!}, the unique character will wrap you like a hug when you step inside the door.
Take a minute to enjoy the natural sunlight that fills the glass-wrapped sunroom. Every room is generous in space. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms are complimented by the extras within the delightful package.
A breakfast nook that could be an office, the mud room, the sturdy and vintage "Butlers pantry" and the "Sleeping porch" converted to a walk in closet.
Gleaming hard wood floors, a wood burning fireplace, glass door-knobs and stunning millwork including a gracefull staircase that must be appreciated throughout. A huge basement awaits your finishing touches. A new slate roof (good for another 50 years) waterproofed basement and drainage and painted exterior have the big ticket items covered. Central AC AND Radiator heat- the best of both worlds The best kept secret is the glorious landscaping in the front and the fenced back yard that will surprise and delight you for many months of the year.
Enjoy the lifestyle of living in Guilford and being walking distance to the delightful Sherwood Gardens- visit the tulips in April.

The listing is here. 

Friday, January 21, 2022

No. Six Coniston Road

As I've said a few times, Google sometimes throws out surprises when I search. Although I've had no. 6 Coniston Road in the catalogue raisonne since the beginning, it all of a sudden popped up in my searches today. 

Coniston Road is not dissimilar to the Sherwood House in Cromwell Park, with the random rubble-stone construction, the long, low profile and the L-shaped layout. The houses were also built within two years of each other, in 1934 and 1936. 

 This is what the listing had to say about Coniston Road.

Classic Palmer Lamdin stone colonial on almost 3 acres.

Extensively remodeled open kitchen into a large family room with wonderful stone fireplace.
Beautiful living and dining rooms. Handsome den and cute office. An addition includes a generous size master bath with closets and secluded covered porches.
Lush and mature landscaping. Renovated pool and pool house.
Private and secluded cul de sac.

 This is a great house and was last sold in 2014. The listing is here