Howard F. Baldwin, architect, dies at 94

November 24, 1993|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Staff Writer

Howard Frazier Baldwin, a retired architect whose career designing residences and commercial buildings spanned nearly 50 years, died Nov. 1 of pulmonary cardiac arrest at College Manor in Lutherville. He was 94.

He had worked for such notable local architectural firms as Taylor & Fisher; Jameson & Marcks; and Palmer, Fisher, Williams & Nes. He was a partner of Edward Glidden and Charles Dana Loomis.

He designed residences in Ruxton, Riderwood, Poplar Hill, Homeland and Stevenson. He also designed such commercial properties as the Cadillac sales and service building at Charles and 24th streets, and the Baltimore Trust Building, now the Maryland National Bank Building at Baltimore and Light streets. He was a contributing architect during construction of the latter building from 1927 to 1929.

Walter Schamu, president of Schamu, Machowski, Doo & Associates Inc., architects, said, "His career spanned nearly 50 years and he was a fine contributing architect to the Baltimore scene. He was an active doer in the community and I never drove by the Cadillac building, a lovely example of Depression Moderne, that I didn't think of him."

Bryden Hyde, 80, an architect who worked with Mr. Baldwin and is now retired on Gibson Island, said, "He was quite a good architect. He had very good taste and was a fine man all around."

Mr. Baldwin was born in Elizabethtown, Ky., where his father, A. Stuart Baldwin, worked for the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. The family moved to Chicago when his father was made a vice president of the Illinois Central Railroad and helped develop the concept of electrification of the carrier's suburban lines.

He received his education at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., and continued his education at the University of Virginia. He earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and began practicing in Baltimore after graduation.

Julia Waxter, his daughter, of Baltimore, said, "When he began his career on his own, the Depression came along and the bottom fell out of everything. In 1932, he had only one house to work on. Things were that bad."

During World War II, he was chief of buildings and structures for the Army Third Service Command in Baltimore. After the war, he supervised hospital construction as an architectural engineer for the state health department. He retired in 1977.

He made his home in Ruxton on LaBelle Avenue for many years where his neighbor, noted Baltimore sculptor Rachel Hawks, designed the eagles for the Cadillac building.

"He always wanted to build a house for himself but the Depression came along and then World War II with restrictions in building materials and he was never able to do it," recalled his daughter.

He enjoyed painting in both oils and watercolors. An avid golfer, he played until he was 90 at the Elkridge Club. He also was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars and had been a member for many years of the Franklin Street Presbyterian Church and Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church in Woodbrook.

His wife, the former Rachel Reaney of Baltimore, whom he wed in 1926, died in 1982.

Services were set for 11 a.m. Friday at Brown Memorial Church, 6200 Charles St.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two sons, Stuart Baldwin of Chestertown and Frazier Baldwin of Pasadena; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

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