Plans Fall Through for Baltimore Decorators’ Show House

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'Oakhurst,' the 2015 BSO Decorator's Show House.
The 2015 BSO Decorators’ Show House. The BSO will not hold one in 2016.

For the first time in 40 years, there will be no Baltimore Symphony Decorators’ Show House.

The decision was spelled out in a letter from Sandy Feldman, president of the Baltimore Symphony Associates, a volunteer organization that selects and organizes the Show House as a fundraiser.

Dear Friends of the Baltimore Symphony Associates,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the Baltimore Symphony Associates Decorators’ Show House. We appreciate your continued support of this annual fundraiser for the educational programs of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Regretfully, we are announcing the cancellation of this year’s Show House. Due to timing, we do not feel that our organization will be able to plan and implement a successful Show House event.

We are busy planning an exciting new fundraiser for this coming fall and will be back in touch with you as we begin to plan the 2017 BSA Show House.

Thank you again for your support.

The Symphony Decorators’ Show House is a three-week event that usually starts in late April and runs until mid-May. It features the work of more than a dozen local designers who transform various rooms and spaces on the property selected for a makeover.

Feldman indicated in March that her group was having trouble finding a house to feature when she posted a message on Facebook.

“Unfortunately, to date, we have not found a property that meets our guidelines and standards and is available,” she wrote in a March 17 message.

“Therefore, we will not have a SDSH that opens in late April and goes until mid-May as has been the tradition. If we do find the right property, we will try to make it happen this year in a different time frame.”

In early April, BSA spokesman Greg Harris said the organizers finally found a house that would work and were waiting to get a contract signed by the owners. He said the tentative dates for the 2016 event would be June 5 to 26.

But weeks went by without a contract getting signed, and that limited the amount of time designers would have to refurbish the house before it opens to the public. As of today, there would have been less than five weeks to transform the house for a June 5 opening.

Without a signed agreement from the property owners, the Baltimore Symphony Associates could not move ahead.

The Decorators’ Show House is the largest annual fundraising event sponsored by the Baltimore Symphony Associates, which started in 1942 as the “Women’s Committee” of the symphony. Last year’s event, the 39th annual Show House, was held at Oak Acre, a house on North Charles Street in Guilford.

The three-week event typically draws upward of 10,000 people and raises more than $100,000 for the Baltimore Symphony Associates, Harris said.

 

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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