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By Francis Rahl | August 5, 1998
THE BIG house at the corner of West Lombard and South Stricker streets is vacant and slowly crumbling. Drab gray rectangles of plywood cover its 40 windows, plants sprout from voids in one brick wall.A 1992 Sun editorial identified the venerable mansion as a classic example of "demolition by neglect," and it remains so. Years of neglect by the building's owners, ineffective legal alternatives and bureaucratic delays have all contributed to its decline.There are many such buildings in Baltimore.
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Jacques Kelly | February 25, 2011
Time, fashion and finances were not kind to a fabled West Baltimore mansion, a winter palace built by 19th-century railroad builder and engineer Thomas deKay Winans. He gave his residence a curious name, Alexandroffsky. It was every bit a walled Xanadu that caused Baltimoreans to gasp and gossip until the day the wreckers flattened it. The mansion's site is now part of the University of Maryland biotech park. The story behind Alexandroffsky is a good tale, well-documented by Baltimore County historian John McGrain.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2011
A long-neglected mansion on the city's west side has been restored to its 19th-century grandeur so that it can provide a home and hope for homeless women. Dozens of volunteers have adopted rooms in the 8,000-square-foot Victorian, built in 1893 by the owner of a Baltimore tugboat company. They swept away years of abandonment, sanded floors, painted walls, restored stained-glass windows, repaired fireplaces and polished the fixtures. They have rebuilt the kitchen, added new bathrooms and donated linens, handmade quilts and every stick of furniture — save for the few pieces that came with the house.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | April 9, 2014
The Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation on Tuesday approved a developer's exterior renovation plans for the conversion of an historic former home for unwed mothers into apartments. CHAP voted 6-1 to approve staff recommendations endorsing the renovation of the mansion, the old Florence Crittenton Home for Girls at 3110 Crittenton Place in Hampden. Developer John Brooks wants to convert the house into 14 apartments, plus one in a nearby cottage.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
If an English country squire or a wealthy industrialist of the Gilded Age were to have an in-town home, 106 E. Chase St. would fit the bill to a tee. Built in the 1880s, the detached, three-story Romanesque-style home fits well among the other elegant residences in Mount Vernon. "This house is one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable," said listing agent Julie Canard of Long & Foster Real Estate. "There is no way you could duplicate this, for millions of dollars. " The home's original owner, George Jenkins, was enamored of the skill and craftsmanship of builders who emigrated from Europe.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 13, 2003
The hydraulic jaws of an excavator took giant bites out of the Mazie Smith Stoll house in Glen Burnie yesterday morning, shaking the foundation of the Civil War-era structure and causing masonry and wood beams to collapse in a cloud of dust. By dusk, the once-regal mansion at Crain Highway and Furnace Branch Road was but a memory, or at best an archival image on computer disc. The owner of the 19th-century farmhouse, which historians think might have sheltered runaway slaves, hired a demolition crew last week to raze it. Anne Arundel County had threatened to take owner Nageswara K. Karipineni of Clarksville to court if he didn't tear down the house, which has been empty since the early 1980s.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
A 17th century land grant formerly known as Planter's Paradise, is now the setting for 2316 Bauernschmidt Drive in Baltimore County. Here, on property once owned by Baltimore philanthropist Enoch Pratt, sits a charming example of a rural frame-and-clapboard mansion designed in the Italianate style. This mansion was built in 1909 by Agnes and Frederick Bauernschmidt, who owned a brewing company in Baltimore, as their summer home just blocks from the Middle River. Now on the market for $995,000, this manor house on three-quarters of an acre showcases a three-sided wrap-around porch with columns that support a four-sided second-story balcony.
ENTERTAINMENT
By SLOANE BROWN | May 21, 2000
There's nothing quite like dining on the front lawn of a grand old house, reveling in a summery evening, and relaxing after an afternoon golf game. That's what Civic Works offered 200 supporters at its second-annual "Spring Swing -- Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction" at Clifton Mansion. As guests supped and socialized, the sounds of songbirds mingled in the background with 1940s swing music, recalling an earlier era. In the crowd: Dana Gans and Randy LeFaivre, event co-chairs; Marc Bunting and Stuart Brooks, event committee members; Dana Stein, Civic Works president and executive director; Tony Hawkins, Civic Works board chair; city Councilwoman Helen Holton, Mimi Roeder Vaughan, Tricia Ellis and Fred Struever, board members; Bev Thomas, Baltimore community activist; Rob Bostick, BGE marketing and energy services manager; Paul Ellis, ReVisions Foundation executive director; Diane Gordy, state administrator; Chuck Goldsborough, Team Lexus league driver; Steve Hazan, Bank of America vice president; Terry McDonnell, general sales manager for Carroll County Foods; Sibyl Kane, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer; and Tony Pagnotti, WMAR-TV personality.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | July 1, 1993
For 15 years, the Gallagher Mansion has been a blight on the York Road corridor -- a vacant building that looks like a haunted house year-round.City officials, who control the mansion, have done their best to keep it standing, in the hope that a private developer would come along and restore it. Seven years ago, they awarded it to a developer who wanted to turn it into offices, but he never moved ahead with his plan.Now a new group has emerged that may finally be able to bring the imposing Italianate structure to life.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | September 22, 2001
The long abandoned Sellers Mansion at the southeast corner of Lafayette Square looks like the model for a Charles Addams cartoon or a movie set for a Hitchcock thriller. But there is hope for the old mansion, the first house to be built in Lafayette Square in 1869. Judson B. Wood, president of the St. James Development Corp., which owns the Sellers Mansion, said recently that the historic house (a designate to the National Register of Historic Places) will most likely be converted to senior citizen apartments to augment the St. James Terrace Apartments next door.
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