Buyer for Turnbull house in Guilford steps forward

November 19, 2008|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,

A potential buyer surfaced yesterday for Baltimore artist Grace Turnbull's former residence in Guilford, as Baltimore's preservation commission recommended that it be designated a city landmark to protect it from demolition.

Douglas Hamilton Jr., the chief executive officer of a local manufacturing company and a trustee of the Walters Art Museum, told members of Baltimore's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation that he has a contract to purchase the former Turnbull property at 223 Chancery Road. The 1928 residence went up for sale this fall, the first time since Turnbull died in 1976.

Hamilton, who lives in Baltimore County, said he wants to purchase and restore the house as a residence for one of his sons. He said he would work with noted Baltimore architect James R. Grieves and hopes to complete the sale by year's end.

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