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Hot House: 108 Ridgewood Road, Baltimore, 21210
Eclectic Georgian style house, circa 1900, in cream stucco with tile roof. Front entrance has Paris metro-style ironwork, roof has unusual inset gables. 7,024 square feet, with 7 bedrooms, 4 full/2 half baths, fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, stone terrace, sunroom and downstairs clubroom. Circular driveway, 4-car garage, landscaped 2 acre garden with fishpond: $1,690,000
What: A landmark house. The real estate listing says that it was built for the Stieff family. In fact it was built for Adolph Carl Meyers, a cough syrup magnate, and was purchased by Gideon Stieff sometime in the 1920’s. Gideon Stieff was the son of Charles C. Stieff, founder (in 1892) of Stieff Silver of Baltimore. Gideon ran the company from the time of his father’s death in 1914 until his own death in 1970. He lived at 108 Ridgewood for nearly 50 years, with children and grandchildren living nearby, (another Stieff family house, 104 Ridgewood, is also currently on the market) and this house was where holiday dinners, weddings and celebrations for two generations of the family took place. A plaque on the stone wall read’s “Chrogi” — the Stieffs named the house using the first two letters of their three son’s names — Charles, Rodney and Gideon Jr.. Despite its formal façade, it feels like a family home. Architectural details – crown moldings, inlaid floors, custom mahogany book cases — have been carefully preserved, and kitchen and baths nicely modernized – chef’s kitchen, glass showers, master suite, all done. There’s a west facing sunroom that runs the length of the house, and its long windows with wavy glass reflect the old oaks in the back yard. Plenty of room for soccer games, lacrosse pitch, swings, parties. Have a daughter? Plan a wedding ….. Zoned heat, central air.
Where: A very large double lot, one of the largest in Roland Park, at nearly 2 acres. In the 1940’s, the house next door, 106 Ridgewood, went up for sale. Gideon Stieff got wind that a nursing home was being proposed for the site, and bought the property himself, demolished the house and turned the land into the gardens at 108. Note to self: proper way to solve a zoning issue. Ridgewood Road runs off of Roland Avenue, driving south on Roland, it’s the last street on the right before Cold Spring Lane. From here, you can take a slow walk down Roland Avenue to Petit Louis, Bank of America cash machine and Eddie Jacobs. Go a little further to Eddie’s of Roland Park, the library, Starbuck’s and and the schools. Or drive a minute or two down Cold Spring to I-83, and you’re off….
Would Suit: Old family with new money. Or opposite.
Why: Instant Roland Park celebrity status comes with owing the house.
Why Not: After paying $1,690,000, you might get tired of hearing it called “the Stieff House.”
NB: House and garden tours for charitable causes are practically obligatory at this house. Embrace the idea, or harden your heart.