Wednesday, May 31, 2023

On the Market: 7 Stratford Road

In off moments, mostly during boring Zoom calls, I've been re-working the catalogue raisonnĂ© of Palmer & Lamdin's works. As I do more research, I am finding more information. One issue that I am having is that a lot of their early work in Guilford is assigned a lot number and then a block number, and I am trying to break the code. It involves a lot of cross-referencing, tracking the name of the original owner and then checking early city directories for a home address.

However, we're talking about 7 Stratford Road, so let's get a move on it!

From the listing:

Welcome to 7 Stratford Road, a meticulously restored gem that showcases timeless elegance and modern luxury. Painstakingly rehabbed from top to bottom, this expansive residence spans over 5600 square feet with 6 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, and 1 half bath, offering a truly remarkable living experience giving ample room for family and guests.

Upon pulling up to the property you'll immediately notice the beautiful Palmer & Lamdin architecture, featuring a stunning quarry stone facade that sets the tone for the exquisite craftsmanship found throughout. Entering, you'll be captivated by the endless original character that seamlessly blends with upgrades you'll notice right away in the custom paintwork in the foyer and throughout the home. Prepare to be impressed by the Trish Houck designed kitchen, boasting exquisite custom inset cabinetry, top-of-the-line Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, and custom granite countertops and marble backsplash that will be sure to impress. Whether you're a culinary enthusiast or simply enjoy hosting gatherings, this kitchen is a dream come true.

The home also features two living spaces on the main floor, both complete with beautiful fireplaces, custom millwork and French doors leading out to the patio, perfect for cozy evenings and creating a warm ambiance.

The primary bedroom is a sanctuary, complete with a fully updated bathroom complete with custom vanity and walk in shower with a custom marble shower. There's also a separate dedicated office space and a spacious walk-in closet. Continuing on the second floor you'll find another 2 fully updated bathrooms, 3 more bedrooms, and a third-floor bedroom complete with a full laundry room.

The fully waterproofed and usable basement is a versatile space that offers endless possibilities with a fun living space/rec room, a full bathroom, gym area, and a custom sauna that presents the perfect opportunity for relaxation and wellness. In the utility room you'll also find that the home has been outfitted with a top-of-the-line dual zoned central air system. Outside, the property features expansive mature landscape and hardscape with a sunken stone patio, a full outdoor irrigation system, ensuring a lush and vibrant landscape, and an updated driveway leading to the two-car garage and electric charging station. 

 All images are from the listing.

Friday, May 26, 2023

3803 St. Paul Street: The Interior

The delightful and charming new owner of 3803 St. Paul Street very kindly invited me to see the interior of the house before she moved in. And I was delighted to accept her invitation!

Even better, the original plans and elevations have stayed with the house for nearly 100 years. You can see that the house was built for C.W. Snyder who was a local developer in the area, and hired P&L to design no fewer than five properties in Guilford, Homeland and Garrison. Now the trick is finding which houses were eventually built, aside from this one!

When I see these, I realize that the owners of the houses understand that they are not only the owners of the houses, but also the caretakers and stewards of a very special and unique place. 

As I mentioned in the original post, the house was been described as either Charleston- or New Orleans-style. Most interesting to me is that the original ironwork specified in the plans is still intact! This makes sense when you think of New Orleans and its myriad iron balconies!

In the drawing above, you can also see the curved half wall. 
Additionally, on the original blueprints, the entry hallway shows a terrazzo floor with a number of "compass roses" embedded with the colors separated by brass. Sadly, the floor has suffered some damage and will need to be replaced. 
Here are some of the other details that I loved:

One of the many fireplaces, this in the main bedroom.
This ceiling has a very Norman influence to it, which makes sense, as the architect was Lamdin, who had spent WWI in France. There are roses, thistles and daffodils around the perimeter, indicitive of England, Scotland and Wales. 
Beautiful sconces with mercury glass fittings.
Unbelievably gorgeous hand-painted silk wallpaper and fabulous silk curtains.
Detail from a library, including door surround with a shelf and roped trim.
Again, all of my thanks to the new homeowner for taking time and showing me around the house! 

Monday, May 15, 2023

On the Market: 7110 Bellona Avenue

Another P&L on this spring market.  One of Palmer & Lamdin's later houses, just before WWII when a lot of private commissions had dried up. 

Here's the listing:

Nestled into a private and scenic Ruxton/Woodbrook site, 7110 Bellona Avenue, offers updated spaces for charmed living.

Over 4,700 square feet on this nearly one acre cherished location make this Palmer Lambdin (!!!) design a prized find. Tradtional living and dining rooms and a well appointed kitchen are complimented by a family room with wet bar.

Flow from the living room to the bricked floor screened porch and take in the tranquil vibe of the expansive rear garden.

Five bedrooms and five full baths are so accommodating.

The detached Amish barn-style garage is finished with ceramic tile, and easily evolves into an all purpose room for entertaining -

think ping pong matches and long table dinners with no worries about the rain. A rare opportunity. 
Fun fact: my prom date and long-time friend, the architect Paul Gorman, designed the front gate, the detatched garage, and the two-story addition to the left of that. Paul is the reason I became interested in architecture, specifically Palmer & Lamdin. There was a P&L house around the corner from the house where he grew up and I was always facinated by it. 
Of course, it looks completely different today!

Thursday, May 11, 2023

On the Market: 5110 Springlake Way

WOW!  There are a bunch of P&Ls on the market this spring!

From the listing:

A charming, all stone, Palmer & Lamdin design situated at the southwest corner of Springlake Way and Tunbridge Road is quintessential Homeland.

The house has many architectural features common to these homes with stone fireplace (decorative, maintained by seller), step down to living room, bay window, breakfast room, front and rear staircases,
front and rear entries to lower level, bonus room, sunroom, freshly painted lower level with a rainy day playroom for children or adults as well as the distinctive oeil-de-boeuf or ox-eye small elliptical or circular window on the second floor front of the house. 

This home boasts four bedrooms and a bonus room on the second floor and three full baths. The first floor consists of a gracious living room with stone fireplace and built-in bookshelf, as well as a bay window. There is a bright sunroom off the living room, powder room, kitchen and breakfast room, as well as an oversized welcoming dining room with wainscotting under the chair rail. 

There is a breezeway that connects to an attached garage from the kitchen as well as an outside entrance to the rear patio with a lovely landscaped rear yard. The home also has its own generator as well as all copper gutters, slate roof, many freshly painted rooms and outside shutters and trim. 

You just missed the front cherry blossom but the front and rear landscaping is lovely and low maintenance. The lower level has a laundry room, what was a maid's room, storage areas and a playroom or adult hangout. Homeland is a charming neighborhood of diverse architectural style, with walkability to colleges, access to major roadways to downtown or the County.

On the Market: 200 Tunbridge Road

From the 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 Pantry off Kitchen. 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.

Is is me, or could a lot of these realtors do with basic grammar and punctuation classes?

And don't you love it when a real estate listing has a floorplan!!!