Gingerbread show helps raise money for homeless

November 18, 1990|By Jean Thompson

What ingredients produce great gingerbread houses? Teamwork. A blueprint. Plenty of sugar and flour. And time -- lots of it.

Chefs Michael Rork and Holly Forbes teamed with architects Bill Keller and Carl Oehrig for more than a week to craft this Fells Point scene of cake, icing and chocolate. Their City Pier diorama stands unsupported -- no plywood or hidden frame.

What holds it up? "Sheer luck," quips Ms. Forbes (and a solid design, tested for soundness before construction began). Working from photographs, they drafted plans and cut templates for each wall and window, then baked and painted for a week.

On display through Dec. 5 in the Hecht's windows at Howard and Lexington streets, this Harbor Court Hotel-Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet project stands with other chef-architect houses to raise funds for Action for the Homeless. Corporations are donating funds to "sponsor" each house. On Nov. 27 at 12:30 p.m. the public and celebrities will choose the best design. For information about the "Edible Architecture,", call the Baltimore Foundation for Architecture at 576-9131 or the Downtown Partnership at 244-1030.

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