Area neighborhoods ready to show off


April 26, 1992|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

More than a dozen Baltimore neighborhoods will be on display this spring in a series of walking and bus tours designed to showcase local architectural and historical treasures.

Baltimore Heritage, a preservation advocacy group, is sponsoring five walking tours in its popular "Baltimore By Foot" series.

May 3 is the date for a tour of Roland Park, beginning at the Enoch Pratt Library, 5108 Roland Ave. Other tours are: May 9, Ridgely's Delight and the Camden Yards area; May 17, Sudbrook Park; May 30, Federal Hill and Otterbein; and June 6, Druid Hill Park. All tours begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon. The cost is $5 for Baltimore Heritage members and $10 for non-members. To register, call 433-7985.

On May 9, the Baltimore City Life Museums is sponsoring a bus tour titled "Those Old Placid Rows," featuring Federal Hill, Union Square, Bolton Hill, Reservoir Hill, Patterson Park, Ednor Gardens and four other neighborhoods. Led by curator Dean Krimmel, the tour will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and departs from the Carroll Mansion at 800 E. Lombard St. The cost is $15 for museum members and $20 for others. For reservations, call 396-3279 or 396-4545.

The City Life Museums is also sponsoring tours of Green Mount Cemetery on May 2, May 9 and May 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 The tours will begin inside the main gate at Greenmount Avenue and Oliver Street. The cost is $7 for museum members and $10 for others.

The museum will sponsor a "Classical Magnificence Walking Tour" on May 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring local landmarks from 1814 to 1830, including the Basilica of the Assumption, the Battle Monument, the Washington Monument, First Unitarian Church. It starts at the Peale Museum, 225 Holliday Street. The cost is $7 for museum members and $10 for others.

Finally, the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point will open 18 houses and gardens for view as part of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage's 55th annual tour. Tickets are $15 each. For more information call 675-6756.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors announced that its agents set a company record for home sales during the first quarter of 1992.

The firm sold 2,680 residences during the three months ended March 31, 507 more than during the same period last year and the most ever sold during one quarter in the company's seven-year history. While sales increased 26 percent in January and 23 percent in February, the majority of sales occurred in March, when 1,052 homes were sold.

"We are seeing a dramatic rise in confidence among prospective buyers, who are bolstered by low interest rates and a large selection of available homes," said Chairman James P. O'Conor.

Maryland Masonic Homes

Oak Contracting Co. has begun building a $7.2 million, %o 60,000-square-foot activity center for Maryland Masonic Homes in Hunt Valley.

The three-story brick building will house a variety of activity rooms and meeting spaces for the residents and other members of the retirement community. It will include a large subdividable banquet hall, a full-service commercial kitchen, a lodge hall and offices of the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Maryland, John McWilliam Smith Jr.

Kelly, Clayton & Mojzisek Architects is the designer of the project, with George Mojzisek as partner in charge. Completion is expected by mid-1993.

Preservation commissions

Jeffrey Lees of Rodgers Forge and Suzanne Boyer of Essex have been named to four-year terms as members of the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission. Re-appointed as members were Timothy M. Rodgers of Hill & Co. and James W. Constable of Monkton. Their terms expire Dec. 31, 1994.

In Baltimore, Charles Johnson Jr., chairman of the history department at Morgan State University, has been appointed to Baltimore's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, replacing Loyola College professor John Briehan. David J. Norman, an attorney and the commission's current vice chairman, has been appointed to serve a new term ending Dec. 31, 1995.

Salesperson of the year

* Eileen Murphy of Ryan Homes was named salesperson of the year in the 1991 Showcase of Winners program sponsored by the Sales and Marketing Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland. Christopher P. Weymouth of Hallmark Builders was named rookie of the year. More than three dozen projects were cited for excellence.

* Tomorrow is the last day to buy an engraved brick and support the Baltimore Harbor Endowment's effort to build a 7.5-mile promenade along the city shoreline. Bricks cost $50 apiece and the donation is tax-deductible. For more information, call 732-8155.

* Grempler Realty recently bought a 4,818-square-foot office building at 2333 W. Joppa Roadin Lutherville and plans to move its Lutherville branch office there. Joe Nolan of Casey & Associates represented the buyer and seller, Berkshire Life Insurance Co.

* Judy Plowman, manager of the Harford County Coldwell

Banker office, has been named the 1991 manager of the year for Coldwell Banker's Baltimore/Washington region. Carol McKenna has been appointed manager of Coldwell Banker's Potomac office.

* The South East Senior Housing Initiative's IDEA House, an exhibition of products and ideas that enable homeowners to adapt houses to enhance their self-sufficiency, comfort and safety will be open today from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 3003 Fait Ave. It is also open to the public every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information is available from the initiative at 327-6193.

* Harkins Builders Inc. has been awarded a $906,635 contract to build the St. Marks Apartments, a 20-unit complex for the elderly in Catonsvile. Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet is the architect, and financing is provided through programs of Maryland's Community Development Administration. Completion is expected by mid-November.

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