Our top post this week was Cynthia McIntyre’s Hot House column about a historic Roland Park Victorian mansion that recently hit the market at a price of nearly $1.3 million. The nine-bedroom home has retained classic features — cupolas, keyhole windows, carved balustrades and wood trim, to name a few – even through a 2004 renovation that gave it a new paint job, roof, plumbing and electrical work, as well as restored windows.
The abode at 5607 Roland Avenue was originally built in 1897 as a model for a planned development called Normandy Heights that never quite materialized. Architect George F. Barber designed eight houses set back from Roland Avenue to serve as livable blueprints.
Despite its ornate trappings, Cynthia noted its “scale and simplicity create an airy, modern feeling that many Victorian homes don’t have,” and said a buyer “could, by opening all the pocket doors, have a virtually open floor plan.”
Our other most popular stories over the last seven days were as follows:
Ed Gunts – “Mansplaining Mural Draws Derision at Johns Hopkins” – Friday, June 2
Ed Gunts – “‘House of Cards’ House Heading to Auction in Bolton Hill” – Thursday, June 8
Ethan McLeod – “Under New Order, Ocean City Beach Cops are Not to Bother Topless Women” – Thursday, June 8
Kit Pollard – “Hot Plate: Colette & Langermann’s Closing, National Doughnut Day, St. Nicholas Greek Festival” – Friday, June 2
Ethan McLeod – “Someone Stole the ‘Patron Saint’ of Hampden’s Wheels, and He Plans to Get Them Back” – Wednesday, May 31
Ed Gunts – “In Key Vote, City Council Committee Approves Plans for The Overlook at Roland Park” – Thursday, June 8
Ethan McLeod – “Crab Found Held Hostage by Two Oysters in Chesapeake Bay” – Monday, June 5
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