Ed Gunts

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

Mount Vernon carriage houses spared from partial demolition

A rendering of the proposed apartments, via MRA Buildings Group/CHAP

Three historic carriage houses in Mount Vernon were spared from partial demolition Tuesday, when Baltimore’s preservation commission turned down a developer’s plan to construct a six-story apartment building behind their front facades.

Publisher moves up release date for John Waters’ next book, ‘Mr. Know-It-All’

Photo courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

John Waters fans have less time to wait for his next book, a collection of essays entitled “Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.”

New apartment project in Mount Vernon would partially demolish 3 historic carriage houses

A rendering of the proposed apartments, via Chris Pfaeffle of Morris & Ritchie Associates/CHAP

Thirteen years after developer Howard Chambers proposed tearing down all or part of three historic carriage houses in Mount Vernon to make way for new housing, he is back with a different variation of his plan.

A second Wheelhouse apartment project in the works, this time for Station North

A rendering of the Wheelhouse development. Credit: 2001 Charles LLC.

Developers of the Wheelhouse apartment project in South Baltimore–aimed at millennials who want to live a “car-free lifestyle”–are planning to launch a possible sequel in the Station North area.

Latest Clipper Mill plan calls for 147 new residences, including apartments and townhouses

The Tractor Building, future home to nearly 100 apartments, plus parking. Photo by Ed Gunts.

New developers selected for Baltimore’s Clipper Mill community aim to add 48 townhouses and about 99 apartments over the next several years, according to preliminary plans that will be presented to the community this week.

New operators aim to reopen the Baltimore Eagle in two weeks, after receiving a liquor license

Photo by Ed Gunts

The Baltimore Eagle nightspot, shuttered since July, is expected to reopen within two weeks to a month under new operators.

Developers selected for two key parcels at Clipper Mill, including the historic Tractor Building

The outside of the Tractor Building in Woodberry. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Will the cavernous Tractor Building at Clipper Mill survive the latest wave of development in the historic mill community?

That question is likely to be addressed in the next week, when developers meet with community residents to provide an update on their latest plans.

Former Baltimore Marine Hospital, once targeted for demolition, will now be renovated by Hopkins

The Wyman Park Building. Photo by Ed Gunts.

The former Baltimore Marine Hospital on Wyman Park Drive, targeted for demolition as recently as 2008, will instead be renovated for academic use by the Johns Hopkins University.

Former home of Martick’s Restaurant spared from the wrecking ball—for now

Photo by Ed Gunts.

The former home of Martick’s Restaurant Francais got a reprieve from the wrecking ball this week, when Baltimore’s preservation commission determined the building contributes to the Howard Street Commercial Historic District and encouraged its owner to find a way to save it.

Hopkins Hospital wants to tear down Brady Building for a larger replacement

Photo Ed Gunts

James “Diamond Jim” Brady was a colorful New York railroad tycoon known for his love of flashy jewelry, which he called “my pets” and wore on every article of clothing, even his underwear. He also suffered with prostate problems and diabetes.

In the early 1900s he went to the best hospitals in New York and New England in search of a cure for his ailments, but all of them turned him away. Then he visited the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and was treated successfully.

Brady was so grateful that he gave Hopkins $220,000–worth millions today–so it could help other patients the way it helped him. The result was the first dedicated hospital for urology in the United States, the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, and a seven-story building to house it, the Brady Building, which opened in 1915.