December 6, 2009
T here's no mistaking a historic estate. A long driveway with old trees off a country road is one indication. Shutters that close over bubbled and wavy windows is another. Outbuildings and symmetry of construction are clues. The giveaway is the marker bearing the name of the land and home. Clynmalira, owned by Dick and Nancy Councill, rests in grand fashion on what was originally a 5,000-acre manor surveyed in 1705 for Annapolitan Charles Carroll, the attorney general. The Carroll family made little use of the land until the 19th century, when Carroll's great-great-grandson Henry Carroll built the house in 1822 out of bricks made on the property, in what is now northern Baltimore County.
October 23, 2006
Drink two glasses of Madeira wine, and take a cold bath every morning. Ride a horse for 10 to 12 miles, and hit the hay by 9 p.m. Develop good reading habits, and don't waste time on frivolity. Those were the words of advice from Charles Carroll of Carrollton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, as he led a group of visitors through his home. Follow those guidelines, and you too might live a long life, said Louis Collins, a restorationist and self-described scholar with a passion for history, who assumed the role of Maryland's "last aristocrat" yesterday at the Carroll Mansion on Lombard Street.
October 22, 2006
Charles Carroll, Barrister, and his wife, Margaret Tilghman, stare down from their portraits at the black-draped "coffin" in the parlor of Mount Clare like benign spirits contemplating their future. "He died in March of 1783," says Michael Connolly, assistant director of Mount Clare Museum House, the well-preserved home of the Carrolls. "So we used his death as sort of the basis of our interpretation of what was happening in the house at that time." Charles Carroll, Barrister was the cousin of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who signed the Declaration of Independence.
May 29, 2006
Local preservationists are pushing Baltimore's long-dormant Carroll Mansion into the limelight, just as the area around it is buzzing with redevelopment. Carroll Museums Inc., a nonprofit group that operates the historic mansion at 800 E. Lombard St., has reopened the building for tours and made part of the first floor into the Jonestown Visitors Center, a stop on the new Heritage Walk tour from the Inner Harbor to East Baltimore. The group is making space available for art exhibits, conferences and community events at the mansion, considered one of the finest examples of a Federal-era merchant's townhouse standing in Baltimore.
January 7, 2002
Anne Pomykala is set. At 63, she presides over a sumptuous Tudor-style bed-and-breakfast in Green Spring Valley, has ample time for her large family and could, if she wanted, putter around her hilltop English garden. So why are she and her husband, dentist Ronald Pomykala, taking over the closed Shot Tower and Carroll Mansion on the eastern fringe of downtown and planning to reopen them as museums? And why do they think they can succeed where the city failed - at a time when museums are scrounging for money?
April 22, 2001
Can a building completed in 1996 be a city landmark? It can if its exterior bears the reconstructed cast-iron facade from the old G. Fava Fruit Co. Baltimore's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation voted this month to bestow landmark status on the Fava building and several other structures at 33 S. Front St., near the historic Carroll Mansion. The vote marks the first time that the preservation commission has agreed to add such a recently finished building to its landmark list, and it provides a measure of protection for the exterior by requiring that any plans for alterations be reviewed and approved by the city panel.