Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mount Clare

This weekend while in Baltimore, I stopped by Mount Clare -a house museum right in the middle of the city on a huge property. The weather was beautiful and I managed to take a few pictures.Dating from 1760, the home was built as the summer house of Charles Carroll; the center of an 800 acre plantation named ' Georgia'. Later after his death, his wife retired there and it stayed in the family for over 100 years. The house boasts a sophisticated Georgian plan with the stately stair to the side of the entry hall -not your common center hall! Also, instead of wood, the 'paneling' on all the walls was actually made of insect repellant plaster.Later, because of the change in the neighborhood it housed numerous organizations till 1900 when it was purchased by the city and used as a bathhouse for the industrical workers who lived in the neighborhood and the remaining property became a city park. Now a Registered National Historic Landmark, the home is open for tours and is operated by the city of Baltimore.A crappy image of some cool built-in bookcases at the office. Excuse the mess!

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8 comments:

Pigtown-Design said...

i missed you! we were there walking and gamboling in the grass (weeds).

Be the change..... said...

It was such a beautiful day! The park was crowded while we were there!

pve design said...

She's a "brick house" - love brick! Not common on the east coast. More of a Southern thing but I do love brick!

Be the change..... said...

ya its a beautiful house, pve!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Why don't you find a fab client and copy this house, right down to the last detail? As for me, I would copy every part of Homewood in Baltimore ...

Be the change..... said...

well, lots of our work is in this style actually - uber american traditional I call it. A closer replica would be interesting though. I haven't been to Homewood yet, I'll have to visit it! That and Evergreen.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

What are you waiting for? I think a Homewood field trip is in order ... Evergreen House, however, is nothing very special, though its Bakst-designed theatre is unbelievably swell ...

Be the change..... said...

The Bakst painted theater is really want I want to see at Evergreen - back in the days at school I wrote a 50 page term paper on the Ballet-Russe and it got me very interested in both Bakst and the sort of unknown works of Picasso.
So much to see! But Homewood is on the list!