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Where the wealthy once lived, renovation aims to bring back comforts of home

Where the wealthy once lived, renovation aims to bring back comforts of home

A trio of Cathedral Hill townhouses that once housed wealthy Baltimore families are being reinvented as apartments aimed at a new generation who want to live and work downtown.

Renamed Franklin Lofts & Flats, the Federal-style merchants' homes face East Franklin Street at St. Paul Place, a few doors from Tio Pepe restaurant. All three have been vacant for nearly a decade.

Sometime next year, renters will be able to live at a place that once overlooked the 1820s construction of the Washington Monument. An attic, four flights up, affords views of old Baltimore's Hamilton Street and neighborhood rooftops.

Architectural purists might say these structures were compromised...

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