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Rotunda Cinema Owner to Take Over Pikes Diner, Will Open Movie Theater and Restaurant

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Courtesy Bmore Media – The historic Pikes Diner & Crab House is one step closer to showing movies once again for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Ira Miller, the owner and operator of the Rotunda Cinemas in Hampden, will operate the new Pikesville theater and show films by the end of July. That’s according to Pikes Diner Owner Wil Reich, who says he is spending about $200,000 to renovate the building for theater use. The Cinema Bar and Grill is the name of the future combination movie theater and restaurant.

A Place In History: Mansion on Mt. Vernon

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HOT HOUSE: 16 E. Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore 21202

An original Mt. Vernon Place mansion, circa 1855. Historic property, 6,200 sq. ft., newly renovated, with adjoining carriage house: $2.45 million

What: Opportunity knocks. This is a chance to own one of Baltimore’s real historic gems. Built in 1855 for Charles Carroll of Doughregan, who was the grandson of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the famous Baltimorean who laid the cornerstone of the B&O Railroad. The house is also a former home of John Work Garrett, longtime president of the B&O and Baltimore philanthropist, who also owned the Evergreen House in North Baltimore. More recently, Baltimore philanthropist LeRoy Hoffberger lived here. Along the way, it housed the Mt. Vernon Institute for Young Ladies and Little Girls, a school for girls.  Beautifully renovated just two years ago, (the new owners divorced and left town) and restored from an apartment house to a single-family home, the house is now in mint condition. Music from the Peabody Institute across the street floats in the air, and creates a pleasant bustle of artistic endeavor in the neighborhood. The interior is grand in the manner of the Garrett-Jacobs mansion in the next block, but smaller and with more natural light. Carved moldings, hardwood floors, wood paneling and marble mantelpieces abound. Over four stories, there are six large bedrooms with lovely modern baths, an au-pair/staff/mother-in-law suite, a library and a master bedroom with two astounding dressing rooms.  Also, two kitchens, two laundry rooms, a cigar room  — specially ventilated so that no smoke leaks into the rest of the house — sauna, steam room and beautiful carved and working fireplaces. The main kitchen is a dream, with granite and marble countertops, custom cabinets, lighting and storage features as well as an adjoining butler’s pantry. Full, unfinished basement. Central air. The carriage house is accessed through a walled courtyard, and contains a garage with street access, as well as a fully equipped, good-sized flat that could be a separate rental unit.

Where: 16 E. Mt. Vernon Place is between St. Paul’s and Charles Street, before the church, almost directly across Mt. Vernon Place from the Peabody Institute, overlooking the trees and fountains of Mt. Vernon Place. Nearby, within and easy walk are Tio Pepe, Sotto Sopra, Helmand and lots of great hang outs – Maire Louise Bistro, Milk and Honey, Iggies and around the corner, the Maryland Club.

Why: Because you believe in Baltimore, and that eventually, you’ll be sitting on a goldmine.

Would Suit: Patron of the arts, city-dwellers-and-proud-of-it. Incoming downsizers from the Greenspring Valley. Might also appeal to the right corporate client. Agora publishing owns, and has beautifully restored, several properties on the square as offices.

NB: For such a large house, there is not much private outdoor space – a very small garden area in the courtyard. The guys who congregate on the benches in the park may not be your ideal neighbors.

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