Mount Vernon mansion is straight out of European countryside
By By Marie Marciano Gullard
For The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 16, 2014 | 10:58 AM
If an English country squire or a wealthy industrialist of the Gilded Age were to have an in-town home, 106 E. Chase St. would fit the bill to a tee.
Built in the 1880s, the detached, three-story Romanesque-style home fits well among the other elegant residences in Mount Vernon.
"This house is one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable," said listing agent Julie Canard of Long & Foster Real Estate. "There is no way you could duplicate this, for millions of dollars."
The home's original owner, George Jenkins, was enamored of the skill and craftsmanship of builders who emigrated from Europe. Around the turn of the century, he employed the best of them to rebuild the original house, using the finest techniques of the day and the ultimate architectural details.
Each room in the five-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion is grand in scale, including "his and hers" master suites and a library of rare black chestnut.
"I love all the intricate details and materials used in the house, such as the hardwoods, high ceilings, gold leafing, pocket doors, marble fireplaces, leaded glass windows, ornate plaster work, and mahogany cabinetry and paneling," Canard said.
Outdoors, there is private garden complete with a fountain, fish pond and outdoor kitchen. With the capacity to accommodate 100 guests, the space is unbeatable for entertaining.
While the home has been impeccably restored by its current owner, modern indoor conveniences have not been overlooked. The gourmet kitchen features a breakfast bar, six-burner stove, dishwasher, refrigerator and disposal. The master bathroom includes a double whirlpool tub, steam room, heated floors and a nine-headed shower.
Johns W. Hopkins Jr., executive director of the nonprofit preservation organization Baltimore Heritage, had high praise for the home after a recent open house, telling the real estate agent: "It is one of the grandest houses, not just in Baltimore, but anywhere."