Italian Renaissance House In Guilford, Once Home To Milton S. Eisenhower

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Hot House: 12 E. Bishops Road, Baltimore, 21218 MD

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Italian Renaissance style house, circa 1914, in natural stucco with green tile roof. 4+ bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and 2 half baths, 7100+ square feet over four levels. 38 foot entrance hall with grand staircase, 12 foot ceilings, 3 fireplaces, leaded glass windows, crown moldings and built-in bookcases, all original architectural detail with over $150k worth of rennovation. Gourmet kitchen, en suite master bedroom with separate shower, wine cellar, home theater, partially finished basement and attic, central a/c, stone veranda, attached garage, mature plantings on .5 acres: $1,230,000

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What: A distinctive and beautiful home with an interesting former resident. Milton S. Eisenhower, the youngest of seven Eisenhower brothers (and smartest, according to brother Dwight) lived here from 1966 — when Johns Hopkins University purchased the house for him, following his first tenure as president of Johns Hopkins University — until the mid-1970’s. While Dwight was President of the United States, Milton lived in the Presidents house on the Hopkins campus, and served as his brothers closest White House advisor. He is credited with a famous Eisenhower speech warning of the dangers of the “military-industrial complex.” He was also a beloved Hopkins president and a notable fundraiser, tripling the university’s income, doubling its endowment and lending his name to both an athletic center and a library. He moved out of this house in the mid-70’s and Hopkins sold it in 1976.  Interior designer David Craig did a fine renovation a year or so ago, bringing it up to modern standards in a way that emphasizes, without overstating, its natural grace. 12 E. Bishops Road was designed by Philadelphia architectural firm Ellicott & Emmart, architects of several noted Baltimore properties, including St. David’s Church in Roland Park. The Italian Renaissance style, unusual in Baltimore, fits perfectly into its setting. Sitting up above St. Paul’s Street, basking in the sun, with a huge stone terrace in the front, it could be a villa on the outskirts of Rome. Inside, tutto bene. The entrance hall is stunning, and leads into large formal living and dining rooms, both with carved marble fireplaces, and on into a state-of-the-art kitchen with granite island and breakfast room. Bedrooms upstairs are large, bathrooms are new, there is a library/sitting room, and downstairs in the basement, a home theater, a fitness room and a wine cellar.

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Where: E. Bishop’s Road is a quiet street lined with elegant city mansions built a century ago by Baltimore’s leading citizens. It runs behind the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, near the intersection of University Parkway and St. Paul’s Street. Although a sign says there is “no outlet,” Bishop’s Road actually circles around to St. Martin’s Road, and back out to Charles Street. It’s an easy walk from here to the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins, over to Union Memorial Hospital, or to the Calvert School off of Charles Street.

Why: Dramatic entrance hall, front terrace and semi-circular sunroom.

Why Not: Although the lot is large, there is no open area (to throw a ball) and neighbors are fairly close.

Would Suit: Successful urbanites with sophisticated taste.

NB: Overlooks St. Paul’s Street, visible in winter, maybe not in summer, through a wooded copse, landscaped by Milton Eisenhower, a source reports.

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  1. Just an historical correction – Milton Eisenhower moved out of this house in the mid-70s. He then lived on Roland Mews in Cross Keys. His last home was a large apartment at 3900 N. Charles.

  2. Milton Eisenhower also never owned this home. It was purchased by Johns Hopkins in 1966 for him to use as his residence in 1966 upon his (first) retirement. He lived in the President’s house on campus during his tenure as President. He also lived a short while at 1 Blythewood. JHU sold it in 1976. The house address was previously 3700 St. Paul Street and the “wooded copse” between the house and St. Paul was beautifully landscaped by Dr. Eisenhower when he lived there.

  3. Wow, Ted, a lot of mistakes in this one … thanks, I will go fix them.
    I couldn’t find the exact dates, and assumed where I shouldn’t have.

    • Cynthia, I lived with Dr. Eisenhower for several years, so was a bit closer to the story. I know he didn’t coin the phrase, but he was fond of saying “why let the facts get in the way of a good story”! I think it was well known to many in Guilford that 12 E. Bishops was MSE’s home, but probably not common knowledge that he didn’t own it. From what I remember, he never owned a home in Baltimore. He told me that part of his retirement agreement was that JHU would provide a residence and domestic help for him for the remainder of his life. When his beloved live-in housekeeper died he decided it was time to move from Bishops Road and settled in a large townhouse that Hopkins rented for him at 5 Roland Mews. When I moved from Roland Mews into my own place he again downsized by moving to a large apartment at 3900 N. Charles and stayed there until his death in 1985.

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