October 17, 1997
"Washington Square," Agnieszka Holland's adaptation of the Henry James novel, starts out with a long, lovely crane shot that sends a tip-toeing camera from a jewel-like park, through a townhouse window, up a narrow staircase and into a bedchamber. It's an exhilarating beginning, but one that belies what is to come, which is a series of stale, static scenes that capture the details of 19th-century life but endow the characters with about as much energy as wax fruit.This lavishly appointed, well-upholstered and largely lifeless production suffers from that all-too-common ailment of films with earnest aspirations.
May 13, 1994
It is easy to be dismissive about the current ambitious planning efforts to revitalize the neighborhoods around Johns Hopkins Hospital. Yet revitalization can be done, block by block. An example half a mile south of the hospital proves it.We are referring to Washington Square, a $5 million redevelopment project around East Baltimore and Eden Streets that is transforming several blocks of vacant and crumbling houses into 59 well-designed and attractive townhouses and condo units priced from $50,000 to $92,000.
February 12, 1993
Put your sculpture in an art gallery and how any people see it in a day? Ten? Twenty? Fifty? A hundred? Put your sculpture in a public space and thousands of people walk past it every day. But how many actually see it?That question is occasioned by an exhibit called "Near the Turn of a Century: Regional Rinehart Sculpture," now at the Washington office and retail complex called Washington Square. Located at busy Connecticut Avenue and L Street in Northwest, the building has an atrium on the corner with three floors of shops and eating places, a kind of mini-version of the Gallery at Harborplace.
October 16, 1997
The scene comes midway through "Washington Square": A fresh-faced French singer performs an art song in a Parisian bookstore. She sings of youthful longing, of the desire for recognition and fulfillment. She is also giving voice to the dreams of Marissa Anna Muro, lifetime resident of Highlandtown and 1997 graduate of Peabody Conservatory.Muro, 23, is one of several Baltimoreans with a highly visible on-screen role in this 19th-century drama. After director Agnieszka Holland chose her from a group of local opera students in the spring of 1996, Muro spent a day performing her song on the set in the Peabody Library and two days recording it in Los Angeles.
April 17, 1991
Baltimore County developer Norman Rockwell, a partner in the $90 million Lighthouse Point condominium complex in Canton, appears to be the latest local builder to run into financial problems related to his real estate holdings.Maryland National Bank has initiated foreclosure proceedings against two partnerships that Mr. Rockwell heads and has hired Atlantic Auctions to sell five of his smaller projects in a series of auctions early next month.The Lighthouse Point property, a nine-acre parcel in the 2700 block of Boston Street, is not involved in the foreclosure proceedings or the auctions.
May 2, 1991
Lured by the prospect of bargains near Baltimore's "Gold Coast," hundreds of bidders and gawkers descended on Fells Point yesterday to vie for two dozen new town houses that went on the auction block after Maryland National Bank foreclosed on their builder.Winning bids ranged from $75,000 to $98,500 for two- and three-story Washington Square town houses, which were originally priced from $135,000 to $145,000. All 24 were gone in less than an hour.And judging by the mob scene, the auctioneers could have sold five times as many houses if they had them.