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Original Shutters Come Home to a Bolton Hill, Baltimore, Row-house
It’s a homecoming for the historic shutters of 209 W. Lanvale St., Baltimore, Md. After more than 40 years, the original shutters are being rehabilitated and re-hung on the front façade, which is protected by an easement held by the Trust for Architectural Easements.
“Bolton Hill is a historic neighborhood filled with houses like ours,” she continues. “One of life’s pleasures is to walk through the neighborhood” surrounded by so many lovingly cared-for historic homes, she says. Bolton Hill is lucky to count the members of the Ward family among its residents.
Historic Building Spotlight
New Technology Helps Tourists Experience Historic Mansion in Newport, R.I.
One of the nation’s grandest Guilded-Age mansions has entered a new era in historic house museum interpretation. Since April 4, 2009, visitors have been touring The Breakers – a 114-year-old summer seaside “cottage” built for the Vanderbilt family in Newport, R.I. – with the aid of a new audio tour produced by the Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns and operates the mansion.
Historic Architecture Guide
Known for its bold and stately grandeur, the American Beaux-Arts style was named after the Ecolé des Beaux-Arts (“School of the Fine Arts”) in Paris. Founded in 1648, the Ecolé was the most renowned architecture school in the world in the 19th and early-20th centuries. The school boasted an international student body, and welcomed many Americans as students, including Richard Morris Hunt, one of the foremost architects in American architectural history.
An Ecolé education in architecture was grounded in intense study of the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome and the Italian Renaissance. New buildings were designed after these precedents. The Beaux-Arts style, alternatively referred to as the Renaissance Revival style, was marked by stately and symmetrical facades and floor plans, a super-human scale, an abundance of elegant classical details – giant columns, cornices, pediments, and porticos, and the color white, preferably in marble. These enduring characteristics ensured the style’s wide versatility and appeal.
The Beaux-Arts style was first used on a large scale at the World’s Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893. Ecolé-trained American architects (including Hunt) designed the White City, a small city’s-worth of exposition buildings, for the event. The Beaux-Arts style imparted both grandeur and orderliness to the fairgrounds.
After the exposition, the style was widely copied and utilized across the country, particularly for government buildings, college campuses, and homes of the wealthy. Several of the “cottages” built in Newport, R.I., as the summer homes of the nation’s elite were erected in this style, including the Vanderbilts’ The Breakers. Suggestive of Old World opulence, the style fell out of favor after World War I.
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