5 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths
Nestled just off of Falls Rd., in the quaint community of Rockland Village, sits one of the oldest homes in Baltimore, Taylor’s Hall. At first look, the home looks like a traditional telescope house, with an interesting character that takes a minute to detect. This house, thought to have originally been built around 1697, had been standing for centuries near Padonia Rd in what we all know as Timonium. In 1727, the house was sold to Thomas Cockey, and remained in the family until the mid-1800’s when it was sold to the Padians, Irish immigrants who were influential in founding Texas, MD- and as you might have guessed- the family for whom Padonia Rd. is named.
Contractor and historic preservationist, Martin Azola of Azola Inc. has a remarkable track record of working with Baltimore’s most interesting buildings to restore them to their original glory while employing the latest technologies. In 1986, Marty set about disassembling Taylor’s Hall stone by stone, labeling every piece and every log systematically, salvaging what he could to maintain the stately presence of the home. Original materials such as architectural details, windows, doors, fireplaces and mantles, stairways, molding and woodwork were painstakingly restored and reused.
Martin Azola then moved all of the home to it’s permanent location in Rockland Village and went about the meticulous process of putting it all back together again, reinforcing all of the framework and enhancing the integrity of the structure with a graceful authenticity.
The term ‘telescope house’ refers to the three sections of the home, each addition larger and more grand than the first. Walking through Taylor’s Hall is like walking through history, as each segment has a story to tell, from the oldest portion which still houses a huge fireplace that was the original kitchen hearth, to the newer construction featuring a large kitchen with skylights.
The welcoming front porch is supported by two columns of salvaged wood from the original home site in Timonium. Solid posts with architectural detail give the entry a formal flair.
This grand foyer offers an impressive entrance, complimented by the ample, winding stair case that reaches up two additional floors.
A formal living room is accented with original molding, built in shelving and two doors leading to a deck for expanded entertaining.
This gorgeous formal dining room will give dinner guests plenty to talk about. Incredible in size, this room was originally constructed in 1727 and used as the main room in the second section. Authentically reconstructed with exposed beams, crown molding and solid, gleaming hardwoods.
Just picture the original residents of this home, utilizing these stairwells, each leading to a particular bedroom. The flooring and walls are restored and solidly insulated, with the charming character left intact.
This den/office was part of the original home, with the large fireplace having once served as a kitchen hearth. The stones were salvaged from the homesite, and some of the original ironwork for the fireplace was salvaged and utilized.
The current owner, a historian herself, relishes the feeling of walking through her home in the footsteps where some of Maryland’s iconical figures once walked.
The newer portion of the house was crafted with a seamless transition of old and new, while respecting the historic integrity of the home. Large windows look out over rolling hills and a tree-lined horizon.
The bright and spacious kitchen begs for warm family gatherings. Distressed wooden flooring, wood cabinets and plenty of light are a welcome upgrade to the original 1600’s house!
The quality of the flooring is stunning throughout the house. A blend of refinished original, transitioning into newer planks are crafted seamlessly from 1st to third floors.
Each bedroom has a unique persona. Large dormers create majestic architectural frames showcasing gorgeous landscape.
Spacious bathrooms with modern fixtures, defy old house expectations.
Large, full lower level is the perfect rec room.
Amazing outdoor living area with several places to ‘play’. Large deck runs almost the length of the house. Several access points that lead to the back yard, or another level of patio.
The upper deck level has a motorized canopy offering shelter from a light rain or the sun. Bordered with accent lights for a romantic evening.
Even, paved driveway leads to a two car garage.
Bricked patio offers another level of entertaining.
One acre lot backs up to a stream with road access. Flanked on one side by the horse farm, backed up to a wooded area with a stream, this yard is paradise.
You couldn’t ask for better neighbors. Bordering one side of the lot is a gorgeous farm with meandering horses grazing on gentle hills of green country.
Beautifully landscaped garden area in the front of the house provides privacy from the main roadway.
Historic view of Taylor’s Hall.
Just in time for the holidays! This home makes the perfect gift! Impeccably reconstructed, lovingly maintained, the ideal house for a family that appreciates history, craftsmanship, and a great story.
For more information, and to see the historical documents and the story posted in the Maryland Living section of The Baltimore Sun (10/28/90), please click here.
Ted Stewart, CRS, e-PRO
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Homesale Realty
1425 Clarkview Road
Baltimore, MD 21209
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