Where in Baltimore can you stroll the streets and feel you have visited England, France, Italy, and Spain within a few short blocks? Why in the north Baltimore neighborhood of Tuscany-Canterbury, of course. This historic neighborhood offers an eclectic mix of architecture that, somehow, seamlessly blends together very well. Our focus for the next tour will be on the larger architectural gems of the neighborhood, the apartment buildings. Please plan to join us for a short walking tour of the area’s unique apartment buildings followed by a rare opportunity to view the City from the penthouse of 100 W. University Parkway. David Curtin, a local realtor, has graciously offered us a tour of his penthouse apartment, and to share his magnificent view of the City.
Tuscany-Canterbury Apartment Buildings Tour
Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
$15/members, $20/non-members. Wine & cheese will be served.
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We will start the walking tour portion of the tour in front of the Warrington at 3908 N. Charles Street. We will finish at 100 W. University Parkway for wine and cheese, entering on the University Parkway side. Parking is available on the street.
Tuscany-Canterbury in home to several elegant apartment buildings that harken back to a day when apartment dwelling was in vogue. Many units original floor plans rivaled the square footage of nearby single-family homes. We will start our walking tour at the Warrington, designed by the renowned Baltimore architecture firm of Wyatt and Nolting. Built in 1927, it was the first high-rise and was met with much opposition by the neighborhood. In stark contrast, just north of the Warrington is the modernistic Highfield House, designed by German architect Mies van der Rohe, and completed in 1964. It was the second of two buildings designed by Mies in Baltimore; One Charles Center was the first. Highfield House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
The Ambassador was built in 1930 by the Mullan Company, and designed by Washington, DC architect Louis Roulou. The lobby is elegantly appointed with Venetian glass and an elaborate ceiling. Along the way we will also get to see the oldest house in Tuscany-Canterbury as well as other single family homes. Our last stop will be at 100 West University, also a Wyatt and Nolting design, where our host David Curtin will share with us his magnificent view of the city from his penthouse garden apartment.