Ed Gunts

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

The Children’s Bookstore, a fixture in Roland Park, begins a new chapter in Lauraville

The new location for The Children’s Bookstore on Harford Road. Photo by Ed Gunts.

When J.K. Rowling and Maurice Sendak wanted to promote children’s books in Baltimore, they knew just where to go.

Cambridge School buys former Charles Street church for its new campus

Courtesy of MacKenzie Commercial

When the leaders of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church disclosed a year ago that the church would merge with another congregation and sell its buildings on Charles Street, area residents were understandably concerned about what would happen to the property.

Would the church be torn down to make way for a housing subdivision? Offices? Or even sadder, a gas station and convenience store?

Two-story retail pavilion planned for Pratt Street

Image courtesy of Corporate Office Properties Trust.

More shops and restaurants will be coming to downtown Baltimore under a plan to build a third retail pavilion along Pratt Street.

Amy Sherald’s next big unveiling will be a mural in Station North

Artist Amy Sherald. Photo by Christopher Myers, courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

After receiving international attention for her portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama–so much so that her painting had to be moved to a larger space within the gallery to accommodate the crowds–Amy Sherald is scheduled to unveil a large work of public art in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, where she has a studio.

‘Homeless Jesus’ sculpture installed outside St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore

The ‘Homeless Jesus’ sculpture installed outside St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. Photo by Ed Gunts.

He’s turned up in Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Dublin, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney–more than 60 cities in all.

Now he’s found a spot in Baltimore as well.

Construction Begins on $125 Million Circle East Development in Towson

Yesterday’s groundbreaking marked the beginning of construction of Circle East at the intersection of York Road and Joppa Road.

The intersection of York and Joppa roads has been considered the center of Towson since Ezekiel Towson opened a hotel and tavern there in the 18th century, and a group of developers wants to keep it that way.

Spike Gjerde, Corey Polyoka to Sell Grand Cru Wine Bar to Former Employee

Photo by Ed Gunts

Spike Gjerde and Corey Polyoka, the restaurateurs behind Foodshed, plan to sell Grand Cru wine bar and wine shop in Belvedere Square to a former employee.

Matt Porterfield’s ‘Sollers Point’ to Premiere in Spain Next Week

Still from “Sollers Point,” via San Sebastian International Film Festival website

Renowned Baltimore film director Matt Porterfield’s latest work is debuting next week at a festival in Spanish Basque Country.

Former Orioles Exec Janet Marie Smith Goes Back to School

Los Angeles Dodgers during a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Camden Yards. Photo by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers, LLC 2013.

You can call her Professor Smith now.

Janet Marie Smith, the Baltimore resident, and nationally prominent urban designer and planner who played a key role in shaping Oriole Park at Camden Yards and other major league ballparks, has gone back to school.

After Multiple Robberies, a Popular Coffee Bar Closes in Bolton Hill

Photo by Ed Gunts

After getting robbed five times in four months, and then going “cashless” in an effort to prevent thefts, a popular Bolton Hill café has closed its doors permanently.