But there is one set of houses that stand out from the rest: the twin carriage houses known as “The Gateway to Guilford.” The similar (but not identical!) brick houses are distinctive because they look like they could be in the European countryside. One of the two houses has just come on the market after being owned by one family for over 20 years and, I assure you, the window of opportunity to buy this house will slam shut soon!
Most of the grand homes in Baltimore, especially in Guilford, were built by the architectural duo of Edward L. Palmer, Jr. and William D. Lamdin, in-house architects for The Roland Park Company. Between 1907 and 1920, the team built over 200 homes in the area, but according to Baltimore architect Walter Schamu, senior partner of SMG Architects, Inc., The Gateway Houses established the firm’s reputation for excellence in design.
The home, with its arched doorways, tri-colored slate roof — in perfect shape, mind you — Pennsylvania blue stone pathways and charming custom iron gates, shows its age in a good way: This kind of elegance can’t be built, its patina must be earned with time. The size of the trees, the fullness of the boxwood, the age on the brick hint at the provenance of the house and give it its authenticity. Just walking up to the home transports you to a place far away, with lush gardens, a pond, berry bushes and enough city-owned-and- maintained parkland in front and back to evoke the French countryside, and yet it is right in the city.
A shared stone driveway through a stone courtyard offers plenty of room for parking. There is, of course, the main entrance, but most families (and this is a great family house, to be sure) will want to come through the side door and into the mudroom off the kitchen. The kitchen, with its large built-ins and ample space, is perfectly fine as is, but the room sits ready for your new dream kitchen, if you’re so inclined.
3700 Greenway is a well-loved and maintained home, ready for your point of view. It is priced to sell and it will not sit on the market. Make sure to contact Ted Stewart (below) to ask any questions, or schedule a showing.
Links to more information on 3700 Greenway, including design history:
“Beautiful Baltimore Houses,” by Lisa Simeone, Style Magazine, May/June 2009. The 4th and 5th photos are 3700 Greenway.
1926 photo of 3700 Greenway, Library of Congress.
1926 photo of courtyard at 3700 Greenway, Library of Congress.
“Edward L. Palmer, architect,” by Walter Schamu, The Guilford News, Summer 2012. Front page photo is 3700 Greenway and it is mentioned later in the article.
“Crafting a Place in History: The Palmer-Lamdin Homes” by Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun, April 20, 1994.
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