Springfield Estate has 19th-century character for 21st-century living
By By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun
Aug 02, 2014 | 4:23 PM
It is not often that a piece of Maryland architectural history goes on the market, which is one of myriad reasons that the Springfield Estate (also known as Peerce's Plantation) in northern Baltimore County is such a treasure.
At a selling price of $1.975 million, this circa-1800 homestead was accurately restored and renovated by a previous owner.
"The original block of the house is a classic and true Federal period residence," said Nancy Hubble, the listing agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. "It was constructed of rubble stone, which was a very common building technique of the time."
Six bedrooms and five full bathrooms, plus one half bath, are found in the two-story main structure, which sits on 8 acres of property. The home speaks to old Tidewater architectural elements, such as a formal living room and dining room (each with their own fireplaces) off of a center hallway. Crown moldings, chair railings and built-in bookcases are additional 19th-century details that were found only in the residences of the wealthy.
Amid all the home's historical elements, Brecht renovated for 21st-century living. In a 1930s addition to the main house, he designed a commercial-grade kitchen that includes a brick oven. He also updated the great room with a wet bar and a paneled fireplace wall. Other amenities include central, zoned air conditioning, walk-in closets and ceramic bathrooms.
In addition to a three-car garage and porte cochere, the home features a renovated basement that has been prepped for a wine room.
"This is a house outfitted for the way people live today without compromising the original character and content of the house," Hubble said. "I'd call it an effortless transformation to the 21st century."