Ed Gunts

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

BSO Finally Finds a Decorators’ Show House, Opens June 5 – 26

'Oakhurst,' the 2015 BSO Decorator's Show House.
‘Oak Acre,’ the 2015 BSO Decorators’ Show House.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Decorators’ Show House has become one of the traditional signs of spring in central Maryland, along with Opening Day at Oriole Park, and the Flower Mart.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Decorators’ Show House has become one of the traditional signs of spring in central Maryland, along with Opening Day at Oriole Park, and the Flower Mart.

But on the 100th anniversary of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, it looked for a while as if there might not be a show house this spring. It would have been the first time since the annual event started 40 years ago.

“Unfortunately, to date, we have not found a property that meets our guidelines and standards and is available,” said Baltimore Symphony Associates President Sandy Feldman, in a March 17 message on Facebook.

“The search committee is still active and continues to follow every lead. Therefore, we will not have a SDSH that opens in late April and goes until mid-May as has been the tradition. If we do find the right property, we will try to make it happen this year in a different time frame.”

At the last minute, it finally happened.

Artifact Coffee Eyeing Second Location in Charles Village

Artifact Coffee. Photo by Ed Gunts.
Artifact Coffee. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Artifact Coffee of Hampden, one of the restaurants in Spike Gjerde’s Foodshed family, is in talks to open a second location in Charles Village.

New Owner Plans Major Renovation At Former Wyndham Peabody Court

The former Wyndham Hotel is now the Mt. Vernon
The former Wyndham Hotel will undergo a major renovation this summer. 
The former Wyndham Hotel in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood will close for six to nine months starting in early July so its owner can complete a $15 million renovation, including a new glass-enclosed meeting space on the top level.
This will be the first major renovation for the 104-room hotel at 612 Cathedral Street since it was sold in January 2015 to a company that includes a local owner, Tracy Proietti.

New Food on the Grill, and a Cleared Parking Lot: Camden Yards Readies for Opening Day


386_1camden_yards_3000_7Inside and out, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is nearly ready for Opening Day of the baseball season, with changes ranging from a new concept for the former Natty Boh Bar on the first base side to repaired parking lots that were damaged by snow dumping over the winter.

Lovely Lane Church Honors Father of American Methodism

lovely lane church
Lovely Lane Church. Photo via oldgoucher.org

This weekend, the Mother Church of American Methodism will pay tribute to the “father” of American Methodism.

Lovely Lane United Methodist Church at 2200 St. Paul Street is holding a series of events and “observances” to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Francis Asbury, the founding bishop of the United Methodist Church in America.

The events range from the opening of a new museum exhibit at Lovely Lane to the dedication of an 18-foot-tall monument at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where Asbury and other Methodist leaders are buried.

Zip Lines, Climbing Walls, and More: Designers Propose Rash Field Redesign

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rendering by Mahan Rykiel Associates

Rash Field, the park space on the south shore of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, will be revamped to accommodate a wider range of activities for area residents and visitors, under a $5 million plan unveiled Tuesday night.

Designers working with the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore outlined plans to divide the waterfront park into half a dozen distinct areas for a variety of uses, from outdoor “reading rooms” to a “play lab” for kids to beach volleyball courts.

There’s a New Crowdfunding Campaign Raising Money for a Monument to Divine

An artist's rendering of the proposed eight-foot monument by Sebastian Mortarana.
An artist’s rendering of the proposed eight-foot monument by Sebastian Mortarana.

If at first you don’t succeed, try another crowdfunding source.

That’s the route taken by six Baltimore residents who have proposed to build a monument to honor the late actor and Baltimore native Harris Glenn Milstead, also known as Divine, using money raised privately so no city funds are involved.

MOM’s Organic Market is Opening This Week at The Rotunda

photos by Ed Gunts
photos by Ed Gunts

Developers of the Rotunda shopping, office and apartment complex in north Baltimore will reach a milestone this week with the debut of the development’s largest retail tenant.

Before Retirement, Elephants Take One Last Stroll Through Baltimore

photos courtesy Donna Beth Joy Shapiro

Five elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus took a final walk through the streets of downtown Baltimore on Wednesday to bid farewell to their fans before heading off to retirement May 1.

Prominent Architects See Potential for Museum, Cultural Center in Shuttered Baltimore Jail

Baltimore City Men's Jail (via Creative Commons)
Baltimore City Men’s Jail (via Creative Commons)

If it’s not torn down, the massive Baltimore City Jail complex could find new life as a cultural center and museum. That was the conclusion of two nationally prominent architects who toured the facility yesterday and discussed their reactions in a presentation to more than 400 people last night.