Potential. That’s what convinced me to buy this old rundown house. It’s what always drives me to embark on painstaking endless DIY and rehab projects. Time, effort and cost always seem to be an afterthought, which I’ll admit is not the best approach to any large renovation project.
There was no air conditioning. The entire house needed rewiring. Roof and windows replaced. Stains ran down many of the walls from past, and possibly present, water damage. The colonial revival garden was neglected and overgrown. Regardless, I was inspired and thrilled about the potential beauty of the place. Follow along as I chronicle the historic renovation and other DIY projects.
About the House
Built in 1924 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house is located in one of Baltimore City’s earliest “streetcar suburbs.” It was designed by architects Benjamin and Parke P. Floumoy in the Neoclassical Revival style and utilized slate, brick and stone materials. It also reflects the early 20th century innovation “daylight” plan. Pioneered by architect Edward L. Palmer Jr. in 1909 for Baltimore rowhouses, the “daylight” plan allowed light directly into every room in the house unlike previous rowhouse plans that had dark interior rooms.
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