On The Market: Former Warehouse, Legendary Studio/Home of Photographer Sam Holden

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Hot House: 904 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore 21202

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Former provisions warehouse, circa 1920, in painted brick with glass block windows and triple membrane rubber roof. Features 4,435 sq. ft. over two levels, with 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, commercial kitchen, two wood-burning stoves, office, separate laundry area. Commercial grade HVAC w/central air, security system, large roof deck. Commercial rollup garage door, interior accommodates 6 cars. Hybrid zoning offers multiple use options: $1,200,000

 

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What: An unusual and fascinating space, hidden in a building that looks barely inhabited. Baltimore photographer Sam Holden bought 904 Eastern Avenue 15 years ago and renovated it to a high commercial standard. He used it as the studio where much of his creative work was staged, and also as his home — until he died suddenly last year on his father’s farm at the age of 44. His photographer’s eye helped transform an old warehouse (built to hold ships provisions) into a bold, witty and one-of-a kind work/living space. You don’t have to be an artist to appreciate its charms. The front door, around the corner on the alley, opens to a wide-angle view of the gigantic main floor. It’s colorful and kind of wacky, like a party waiting to happen. The kitchen is in the front, while the studio at the back, near the roll-up doors. Further inside lies possibly the most unique bathroom in Baltimore, featuring an enormous, three-headed shower and a countertop made from the warehouse’s original sign. Upstairs, a loft bedroom perched in the rafters looks ready to star in an indie movie.

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Where: Eastern Avenue near South Exeter Street, in Little Italy. Harbor East at your doorstep. A great address — high-profile, but not overly slick. You’re not dodging J. Crew shoppers to get a loaf of bread.

Why: Lots of ways to go.

Why Not: Glass block windows let in light, but no views of street or sky.

Would Suit: Tech startup, microbrewery, rich bachelor cum artist, urban commune, trendy boutique…

NB: 22’ ceilings. Oversize structural steel supports offer potential to build upwards.

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