We all know that there are as many ways to rehab a historic rowhouse as there are creative minds to do it. In Mt. Vernon, two grand houses sit next to each other and offer a wonderful study in how great rehab projects can take markedly different approaches. Both have been restored, one back to its historic glory and the other adding strikingly modern elements.
829 Park Avenue was built by the Knabe Family, owners of the Knabe Piano Company famous for its ornately carved square pianos (one of which Francis Scott Key commissioned in 1838, helping spark their popularity). The house, 32 feet wide with 6000 square feet, boasts a glass-roofed music room with fluted marble columns, a dark wood paneled dining room, and stained glass skylights. When the current owners bought it in the late 1990s, it was a dentist office. With much work, they restored it to its historic appearance and beauty. Next door at 1831 Park Avenue another renovation took place. This one, however, combines stunningly modern elements with the house’s historic features. A movie room incorporates an enormous flat screen TV and the historic marble fire place. The kitchen features sliding glass panel partitions instead of traditional cabinets. The color selections range from deep purple and black to fanciful greens and blues. And beyond the modern pergola dining area out back sits an in-ground pool lined with zinc.
Please join us as we wander through these two great Mt. Vernon houses that are inches apart physically and miles apart artistically. Please note that space is limited and offered on a first to register basis.
829 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
|Ticket for Baltimore Heritage members||$10.00|
|Ticket for Baltimore Heritage non-members||$15.00|