Homewood House

Description

In 1800, Charles Carroll of Carrollton (the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence and the wealthiest signer to boot) decided to give his son (also Charles) and bride, Harriet Chew, a nice present: a country estate just north of the city. Taking his father's money but not his advice to renovate an existing farm house, the younger Charles and Harriet commissioned Homewood House. No expense was spared, and at a price tag of $40,000 (a fortune at the time), Homewood became a show place for the elite young couple.

The house is noted as one of the best examples of Federal style architecture in the country. Built on a Palladian-inspired five-part plan, Homewood is renowned for its elegant proportions, fine workmanship and materials, and the extravagant detail in all aspects of its construction, from the intricately carved wooden fireplace surrounds, doorways, and chair rails, to the marble painted baseboards and mahogany grained doors and the ornate plaster ceiling ornaments. Johns Hopkins University acquired the building, which gave rise to the "Homewood Campus" name, in 1902 and opened it as a museum in 1987.

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Homewood, 1936

Photograph of Homewood at North Charles & 34th Streets, from the south by E.H. Pickering, November 1936.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,1--7.

Homewood, 2005

View from Cross Hall, into Back Hall, looking north through arched opening at Homewood by James W. Rosenthal, 2005.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,1--77.

Homewood, 2005

Photograph of the drawing room at Homewood looking southwest by James W. Rosenthal, 2005.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,1--84.

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Johns Hopkins, “Homewood House,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed July 23, 2014, http:/​/​explore.​baltimoreheritage.​org/​items/​show/​34.​
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