Designers work magic

April 26, 1992|By Karol V. Menzie

A story in Sunday's Food & Home section gave the incorrect address for the Boumi Temple, where visitors to this year's Baltimore Symphony Decorator's Show House must park. The temple is at the corner of Charles Street and Wyndhurst Avenue. There is shuttle bus service from there to the show house.

* The Sun regrets the error.

After more than a dozen years of involvement in Baltimore Symphony show houses, Pat Ruggieri is still amazed by the transformations wrought by designers.

The kitchen of the Lamb house, for instance, where blue and tan tile was incorporated into a witty and striking "Aztec" design by artist Amy Neill. "How that room would come together is something I just couldn't picture," said Ms. Ruggieri, who is this year's show house chairman.


It takes hundreds of people months to create the show house. The sponsor, Baltimore Symphony Associates, a private fund-raising group that has provided more than $2 million to the Baltimore Symphony over the past 50 years, has about 500 members; many other volunteers are enlisted from the community. Ms. Ruggieri estimated there are 1,200 people involved this year, including designers, hostesses, work crews and others. There are 30 designed spaces, with exterior work by seven landscape designers.

Each year brings its own rewards and headaches. Among the latter this year was working out a traffic plan that would suit the Cedarcroft neighborhood; as a result, there is no parking at the show house. Visitors must park behind the Boumi Temple, on York Road at the corner of Wyndhurst Avenue, and catch a shuttle bus to the house.

Another problem was the condition of the house. It was not initially built for year-round use, and designers found some of the finishes fairly rough. Porch floors had to be repaired to withstand visitor traffic.

The house opens to the public today and will be open until May 24. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person for advance purchase and $7 per person for groups over 25; they're $9 at the door. They're available by mail: Send a check payable to Symphony Decorators' Show House and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Symphony Decorators' Show House, P.O. Box 275, Riderwood, Md. 21139. Tickets are also available at some Giant food stores and a dozen shops. For more information, call the show house ticket hot line (410) 821-0946, or the show house office at (410) 532-7002.

The house is not accessible to wheelchairs. Spike heels are not permitted, nor are cameras or children under 10. Shuttle-bus validation is required for admittance. Visitors must not park in the neighborhood.

All proceeds from the show house benefit the Baltimore Symphony.

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