Hot House: 700 Cathedral Street #202, Baltimore, MD 21201
One bedroom condo in historic Decatur Miller mansion, circa 1853, brick structure faced in brownstone, designed by Niernsee & Neilson in the Italian Renaissance style. Building has marble entrance lobby, original stained glass skylight, dramatic curved staircase, elevator to all floors. The 1,200 sq. ft. apartment is in pristine condition. One bedroom, 2 baths, huge living room, large bedroom with 11-ft. pocket doors, demi-lune library with curved wall of windows facing south and west. Modern granite kitchen and bathrooms. Grand scale rooms with operable arched windows, 14-ft. hand-painted fresco ceilings with ornate moldings and gilt fretwork, original marble fireplace mantels, massive gilded mirrors, hardwood floors. On lower level, 12×20′ storage room with exercise space: $495,000
What: The mansion of Decatur Miller — a prominent merchant, investor and politician in the early 1800’s, when Baltimore was a fast-growing boom town. His great grandson, Deke Miller (Decatur Miller III) was the chairman of Piper and Marbury and a beloved city philanthropist who died last year. The building has a long listing in the Historic American Buildings Survey in the Library of Congress architectural records. A while back it was divided into nine boutique condominium apartments. This apartment was the ballroom of the mansion. It is jaw dropping. With its elaborately frescoed ceiling, marble, mirrors and enormous windows, it could be a Russian palace or an apartment in the 16th arrondissement. A wrought-iron Juliette balcony decorates the south facing windows which overlook Monument Street. At the far end of the apartment, the afternoon sun pours through the round, floor-to-ceiling west facing windows of the library. Time for tea.
Where: The entrance to 700 Cathedral Street faces Mt. Vernon Place, the beautiful Carrere and Hastings-designed plaza at the heart of the Baltimore Historic and Cultural district, a stone’s throw from the Washington Monument. The Walters Art Gallery, the Peabody, the Meyerhoff and the BSO — not to mention Penn Station -are minutes away. The City Cafe, the Prime Rib and the Brewer’s Art are an easy walk, and you can get your coffee at Dooby’s on Charles Street. The address has a 99 Walk Score — some locals go carless.
Why: If you have to ask ….
Why Not: Too far from Versailles. Plus, no parking.
Would Suit: Bachelor of Arts
NB: As this article was posting, the apartment was taken off the market (sob). But put it on your wish list, and stay in touch with the agent, Julie Canard, (202)236-2200 . You never know.