This Architect Record 1969 House, was designed by Charles Richter, Jr who aptly described it as “Tranquil formality” – a home conceived for frequent large scale parties set on a secluded woodland site. A bi-nuclear design was constructed with two linked pavilions, one for quiet, private sleeping spaces separated by a dramatic glass window entry area to the second pavilion for public living.
The design of the home is created from inside out with the attention on details visible as one approaches the house and on the functionality of the interior space and integration of the outdoor views. The owners describe their initial visit to the home…”We walked over the bridge to enter the home, the doors opened and with that view of the trees, we immediately felt part of the woods surrounding us….it’s like living in a modern treehouse!”
In 2009 when the owners purchased the home, they knew they were only “stewards” of this renowned property and that their task was to update the interior keeping the significance of the architecture in tact for the future. They hired DC architect David Jameson to completely redesign the interior spaces with the help of London based, Yoo, to assist with interior décor. The truss roof system allowed all interior walls to be removed and replaced with a series of freestanding walnut-clad elements designed to delineate rooms and to be used as storage throughout the home. Floors were replaced with flat-sawn walnut planks to give a more natural look. Pure white Corian surfaces in the kitchen, bathrooms, cabinetry and bar juxtaposed with the exposed white brick and wood elements repositions the house as organic and part of the woods. The brick chimney and fireplace in the center of the living space is surrounded by skylights to ensure plenty of natural light fills the home.
Once the initial completion of the upper level living spaces and master bedroom were complete, the owners began the renovation of the “Rumpus Room”. In their words – “It’s the most fun place in all of Baltimore. There is no better bar in the city, no better place to watch a movie or a sports event, and our mini table tennis stadium is a crowd pleaser for all ages.” With its unique seamless poured resin Bolidt flooring from the Netherlands to the seamless full length mural from Muzeo in Paris to the never been used chalkboard ceiling perfect for a Baltimore graffiti artist to adorn, the room is a sensation! Imagine sitting next to the wood burning fireplace across from the specially designed bar which is illuminated by lights built under Lucite shelves and a movie playing on the giant screen! You also have the newly created exercise room, spotless laundry room, and three additional bedrooms with two completely renovated full baths.
In all, seven architectural awards for interior design were bestowed upon this house after renovations. The dining area chandelier is from Murano, Italy; two large kitchen islands with gourmet appliances integrated for minimal visual impact; the master bath flooring of giant marble slabs minimize seams; the Muzeo murals in the lower level and the Forasetti wallpaper in one of the bedrooms...it delivers everything about staying in a boutique hotel while feeling at home. The open interior and greater connection to the environment brought this home into this century with visions of the future.