Herbert Davis Associates, a 10-year-old real estate firm based in Brooklandville, recently became a partnership between Lois Schenck and Herbert Davis.
Ms. Schenck and Mr. Davis first became associated in 1973, when Mr. Davis headed a firm then known as Chase, Fitzgerald, Davis and Roland.
Ms. Schenck moved to New York and operated Lois Schenck Real Estate in New York City from 1982 to 1988. She sold that company before returning to Baltimore.
Ms. Schenck is married to symphony conductor Andrew Schenck, music director of the Nassau Symphony and the Atlantic Sinfnietta in New York. They live in Fells Point. Other recently named associates of the firm include Jenia Brown, Anne Gray, Chuck Holly, Peter Savage, Betsy Dixon and Helen Minton.
The Baltimore County Historical Trust will hold a preservation seminar entitled "Financing and Insuring," Sept. 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Baltimore County Historical Society Library, 9811 Van Buren Road in Cockeysville.
Guest lecturers will be Clarence Snuggs, vice president of Maryland National Bank; Leslie T. White, director of product management for the Maryland Casualty Co.; Charity Davidson, project funding and easement administrator of the Maryland Historical Trust; and William Waxter III, revolving fund committee chairman of Preservation Maryland.
They will discuss ways that property owners may obtain financing and insurance for a restoration project and the rules and regulations involved in applying for grants, loans and tax credits from the Maryland Historical Trust, Preservation Maryland, and others.
Registration is $7 per person in advance and seating is limited. More information is available from the Trust at 377-2156.
Openings, listings and ground
*Columbia Vantage House Corp. has set Oct. 15 as the opening date for Vantage House, a continuing care retirement community at 5400 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. An inauguration ceremony with Howard County Executive Elizabeth Bobo and state Director of Aging rosalie Abrams will be held Oct. 12 at 11 a.m.
The 13-story building has 100 independent living apartments, 36 domiciliary care units and 20 skilled nursing beds available for occupancy. Executive director Harry Brunett said the corporation has 93 reservations for the 100 independent living units, the first section that will be occupied.
*Attman Properties held a grand opening earlier this month for the first phase of Bridgepointe, an 88-unit townhouse development on Cox Neck Road on Kent Island. The two- and three-bedroom houses are priced from $119,900. Rosendale Realty Co. is handling sales, and Eastern Savings Bank is the construction lender. Attman is offering a 16-foot, six-horsepower boat to anyone who signs a contract by October 8. The sales office is open daily from noon to 5 p.m.
*Knecht Homes recently opened a sales office for the Wetherburn community on Wetherburn Road, just off Maryland Route 99 in Ellicott City. The single family homes are priced from $253,900 and the sales center is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
*Mount Vernon Realty's Annap
olis/Riva Road office recently listed Ashley, a subdivision in Davidsonville that is being developed by Spring Lake Builders of Annapolis. Located off Central Avenue and Ashland Road, the development features homes priced from $450,000 and lots for custom homes priced from $135,000.
*Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held for the Montgomery Square Townhouses, a development of nearly 50 luxury townhouses at Charles and Montgomery streets in South Baltimore, tomorrow at 11 a.m. Meredith Real Estate Better Homes and Garden is handling sales.
Around the region:
*Academy Row, an office and retail complex at 605 and 609 to 613 N. Eutaw Street, was bought at auction last week for $900,000 by the lender to the original developers, John Hanson Federal Savings Bank. A. J. Billig and Co. was the auctioneer, and Howard and Estelle Schneider were the developers. A bank spokesman said the two and three story buildings would most likely be listed for sale to a third party once the bank takes title in about 45 days.
*David Fields, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Planning, will discuss "The Design Process for Baltimore County," during a luncheon lecture at the Mount Royal Station auditorium of the Maryland Institute College of Art.
The event, sponsored by the college's Center for Architecture and Interior Design, will begin at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $15 in advance for members of the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects and $18 for non members. More information is available from Jane Sterrett at the AIA, 625-2585.
*The Anne Arundel Commercial and Industrial Association recently presented its annual "Excellence in Business" awards to three people involved in the Anne Arundel County real estate industry. They are: Charles Lamb, a founding partner of RTKL Associates Inc.; Francis E. "Skip" Gardiner, Jr., president of Gardiner Realty and Development Co. and Gardiner and Gardiner, Inc.; and Lynn Palmer, a business development representative with the county's Office of Economic Development.