Mark Steven Greggs, 46, contracting company owner

November 07, 1999|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Mark Steven Greggs, who renovated historic homes and churches, died Oct. 31 at University of Maryland Medical Center from complications of liver failure. He was 46 and lived in Windsor Hills.

The owner of Homestead Contractors, a business he founded in 1980, Mr. Greggs was a specialist who took on the quirky construction projects that other contractors shunned.

He worked with older homes in Bolton Hill, Guilford and Roland Park, as well as newer properties in Ruxton and Monkton.

"He was a wonderful problem solver," said Matthew Mosca, a friend who lives in Oakenshawe. "He was interested in how old buildings were put together and their mechanics and engineering."

Mr. Greggs founded his business at a time when rowhouses in city neighborhoods were being renovated -- and their owners were confounded by problematic plaster, plumbing and electrical systems.

"As a business person, he filled a niche that provided an enormous addition to the amenities of life in Baltimore," said Herbert A. Davis, a real estate broker in Brooklandville. "He was superb at identifying repairs and the least cost. He was a very practical person and a compassionate human being. He was very fair and caring."

His work on the Chase Brexton Clinic in the 1000 block of Cathedral St. was typical of his efforts.

The building, built in 1917 as an automobile agency, later became Girard's discotheque and was heavily damaged by a fire in the early 1980s. Mr. Greggs built the offices of the medical clinic there.

In 1985, he bought an abandoned 1918 Tudor-style apartment house on Queen Anne Road in the Windsor Hills section of Northwest Baltimore. He renovated it as a private home and planted gardens around it.

Born in Beltsville, he attended local public schools and received a degree in English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

He had planned to become an English teacher but changed his career plan when he started working with his uncle, Philip Richburg, a locksmith and carpenter.

Mr. Greggs retained his interest in English literature, as well as science fiction and current events.

A vegetarian, he was active in the transcendental meditation movement.

Services were held yesterday at Glen Mar Methodist Church in Ellicott City.

He is survived by his mother, Joan E. Greggs of Columbia; a brother, Richard A. Greggs of Hagerstown; and a sister, Robin G. Stice of Seattle.

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