Beautiful homes open with coming of spring

Tours of houses, gardens raise funds for good causes

In the Garden

April 18, 2004|By Heather L. Bartlett | Heather L. Bartlett,Sun Staff

Spring means it's time to put on comfortable shoes and tour some of central and eastern Maryland's most beautiful and historic homes and gardens, all for a good cause.

The annual Baltimore Symphony Associates Decorators' Show House (April 25-May 23) raises money for the orchestra's educational and community outreach programs.

The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, which begins Saturday in Baltimore, supports efforts to preserve and restore "architecturally significant properties" in the city and in Cecil, Talbot, Charles, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.

FOR THE RECORD - An article about the Decorators' Show House in Sunday's Home & Family section misstated the name of the firm selling the house and the way the house is being sold. The house is listed with O'Conor & Mooney Realtors and is not being sold by sealed bid.

For the decorators' show house, more than 30 interior designers are applying their skills to transform the 29-room Guilford House in the city's Guilford neighborhood.

The mansion, a 10,000-square-foot English Tudor manor built in 1915-1917, is for sale, and prospective buyers may submit sealed bids to be opened in June. O'Conor & Associates will set a minimum bid.

Hours: The show house will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets cost $20 at the door -- or $15 if purchased at SuperFresh stores, the BSO Ticket Office (410-783-8000) or

Parking: Available at the north lot of the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St. All visitors must use a shuttle service, which will run every half-hour.

The Pilgrimage

The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage begins Saturday with a tour of Baltimore's Bolton Hill neighborhood, including the historic Brown Memorial Church, which features two large windows designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

On April 25, the pilgrimage sites are in Cecil County, and on May 1, Charles County. The May 2 visit to Anne Arundel County is a walking tour of historic Annapolis, including the William Paca House and Gardens, the Charles Carroll House and the Hammond-Harwood House.

Talbot County is the site of the May 8 tour, and the May 15 tour is in the Green Spring and Caves valleys of Baltimore County.

Tickets are $25 for each day's tour, and can be bought in advance or at the first house visited on the tour. A bag lunch will be available for $10.

For more information, call 410-821-6933 or visit

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