Historic Baltimore mansion by John Russell Pope asks $4.995 million

This elegant neoclassical home in Baltimore has recently gone on the market with a listing price of $4.995 million. Originally built during World War I, the house was designed by one of the 20th century’s most influential American architects, John Russell Pope.

Pope originally built the home, Charlcote House, for local lawyer James Swann Frick. Pope was an extremely influential figure in American architecture, particularly in Washington D.C., where he designed both the Jefferson Memorial and Constitution Hall, among other landmarks. His strong neoclassical impulse shows up clearly in this residential project as well.

The home’s current owners, Douglas and Erin Becker, have lived there for over two decades. They originally purchased it in 1999 for $2.25 million. They made substantial renovations on the home, in particular converting the servants quarters on the third floor into a much more modern suite of amenities, complete with an office, gym, and media center.

The home is quite sizable, at 12,860 square feet. It is located on around 3 acres in the Guilford neighborhood of Baltimore. The home has a very elegant, historic look. It has a red-brick exterior and neoclassical moulding and columns throughout. The interior boasts a library with mahogany wood panelling, very rare in more contemporary homes.

The Beckers invested around $3 million into renovating and modernizing certain aspects of the home. They strove to maintain the balance between preserving the homes historical legacy, without being enslaved to it. For instance, they installed an island with a conduction stovetop into the kitchen and removed a wall to combine it with the breakfast room.

One of the home’s most striking features, is it’s T-shaped entrance way. Flooded with natural light and featuring a striking marble floor, the couple frequently used the space to entertain guests and hold events.

Continuing the blend of the historic and modern, the interior design combines traditional antiques with more eclectic pieces. Biedermeier clocks and woven Turkish rugs go hand in hand with Corinthian columns and modern art pieces.

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