Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.

Ulman House opens to provide a ‘home away from home’ for young adult cancer patients

The outside of the Ulman House on E. Madison Street. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Emily Dicola used to have to travel two hours from her home in West Virginia to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to receive cancer treatments, and then go back the same day.

But this year, she found a free place where people her age could go when they came from out of town for medical care.

“Treatments were really starting to wear me out,” Dicola said. “Especially being almost two hours away. I would have never thought there was such an amazing place.”

Dicola, 25, is one of the first guests to stay at Ulman House, a $2 million “home away from home” for adolescent and young adult cancer patients receiving medical treatment in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Interview With a Mermaid: Deborah Lee Walker remembers her part in Schaefer’s famous seal pool swim

Deborah Lee Walker, left, and her mother Maxine Walker at the unveiling of the “Schaefer’s Splash” mural. Image courtesy of the National Aquarium.

The first time Deborah Lee Walker visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore, she was working as a model and helping to promote its grand opening, back in 1981.

This month she made a return visit, 37 years later, and learned that she had become a permanent addition to the aquarium.

As aquarium president and CEO John Racanelli put it, “You’re going to be seeing her in the aquarium for the ages to come.”

Construction of Bell Foundry Apartments starting this summer

A rendering of the Bell Foundry Apartments.

Construction is expected to start this summer on the Bell Foundry Apartments, located at the site of a former DIY artists’ space in the Greenmount West community.

Developer Yonah Zahler, CEO of Zahlco Development, said this week that he has applied for construction permits and aims to begin work within the next two months on an $8 million to $9 million development that will bring 50 market-rate apartments and upgraded arts space to the 1500 block of N. Calvert Street.

52 apartments planned to replace the modernist KAGRO building on North Avenue

Photo by Ed Gunts.

A Pennsylvania developer is proposing to construct a five-story, 52-unit apartment building at 101-105 W. North Ave., next to the Lazarus Center of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Aquarium dolphins’ move from Baltimore may be delayed

Maya, one seven Atlantic bottlenose dolphins currently residing in Baltimore. Photo courtesy of National Aquarium.

It looks like Baltimore’s dolphins may be around for a little longer than expected.

Baltimore’s newest work of art celebrates ‘Schaefer’s Splash’

Photo by Ed Gunts.

Amid signs back in 1981 that construction of the National Aquarium might not be finished in time to meet its previously announced June 1 opening date, then-Mayor William Donald “Do It Now” Schaefer vowed that he and board chairman Frank Gunther Jr. would swim in the outdoor seal pool if the building didn’t open on schedule.

The aquarium did miss its opening, and Schaefer kept his promise, donning an old-timey bathing suit and clutching an inflatable rubber duck as he took a dip in the seal pool, going all the way under the water at one point.

Baltimore reaches $1 billion milestone in historic preservation activity

Rowhouses in Reservoir Hill. Photo by Smallbones, via Wikimedia Commons.

Baltimore’s dedication to historic preservation for development is paying off, quite literally.

Roland Park Civic League votes to ask city to temporarily delay removing cycle track

The cycle track in front of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Roland Park branch, which could soon be reconfigured. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Less than a week after city officials announced plans to remove the divisive Roland Avenue cycle track, board members of the Roland Park Civic League have voted to ask the city to temporarily hold off.

‘Road diet’ experiment proposed for Roland Avenue

An artist’s rendering of the proposed road diet for Roland Avenue. Image via flyer from Baltimore City DOT.

Roland Park may be going on a road diet.

As part of efforts to address safety hazards and other issues stemming from the installation of a divisive cycle track on Roland Avenue, city officials are proposing to conduct a nearly month-long “road diet” experiment that would involve reducing the number of lanes for vehicular traffic from two to one during the test period.

Baltimore Eagle sets April 19 for reopening

Photo by Ed Gunts

After months of dormancy, The Baltimore Eagle leather bar will reopen under new management on April 19.