House of the Day: John Harbaugh’s House Is Sold, But This One Just Down The Road Is Still for Sale

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$2,095,000
2304 Tufton Ridge Road, Reisterstown
6 bedroom(s), 10 bathroom(s)
9,017 square feet
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
2304 Tufton Ridge Road
From the agent’s listing: An Original Worthington Valley home expanded & rebuilt in 1998, renovations done in 2000 to show this exquisite 9,000 + Estate, overlooking 5.68 lush acres w/tennis court, pool, spa, cedar decking, & more. Quality details-marble/granite & Oak Flooring, Corinthian columns/wrought-iron accents/exquisite mldgs/3-FP~s/High Ceilings/elevator/wine cellar&sauna, Grand Formals/2MBR Suites/Au-pair wing.
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  1. Proof that money can’t buy class or taste. “Wrought-iron accents”? You mean “cast-iron accents”? Agents, learn the difference. And columns are not decorations; they are actually meant to hold things up. Architects, please learn that. Stop using them to that “classy” look. It doesn’t work.

  2. Deedee, I found your comment “money can’t buy class” extremely offensive. As a personal acquaintance of Coach Harbaugh, I will tell you that he was one of the classiest and most kindest men i have ever met. Also, as a realtor, I can assure you that my clients love to see columns in homes that I show.

    P.S. How do you know that they are not wrought-iron?

    • I think Deedee was referring not to John Harbaugh’s house, but the one down the road, which is featured in this post. But I could be wrong. Deedee?

  3. Becca,

    Obviously I was referring to this house, not Harbaugh’s. The listing says “wrought iron accents.” If the listing is referring to the ironwork on the staircase as pictured, it is clearly “cast” and right out of a catalog. Wrought iron is handmade, beaten out with hammers as in the actual meaning of the word “wrought.” I would almost bet though that this is really painted cast aluminum. Cast iron for a railing that long would weigh thousands of pounds and require extra support, like a stone staircase. Regardless, it looks awkward and out of place on a wooden staircase.

    As for the Corinthian columns in this house, they are missing the architraves (beams) that they would have to support if they were really meant to look integral to the structure of the house. They shoot right up to the ceiling supporting nothing, like one often find in a bad Italian restaurant interior. Columns are meant to support — period. Otherwise they are meaningless superfluous verbose cartoonish fluff.

    I am also struggling to see what is meant in the listing by “exquisite mldgs.” I just see standard builder-grade moldings. Maybe the listing refers to the misplaced corbels on the uncased doorways on the second floor of the stair hall? Or the crown in the dining room that doesn’t resolve properly because of the oversized columns in the uncased opening? Most rooms appear to have almost no moldings at all.

    In any case I’m sure this house had much more integrity before it was “rebuilt” to look like something it is not. Guess some clients don’t care about architectural integrity and appropriateness of scale. Maybe they are just attracted to bling. I am not attracted to meaningless bling. To each his own.

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