A Halpern creation in Old House JournalA...


A Halpern creation in Old House Journal

A house designed by Halpern Architects of Annapolis has been selected to appear in the May/June issue of Old House Journal, available on newsstands.

The design is a shingle-style cottage popular in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

The 2,700-square-foot house has proportions and details consistent with the first decades of this century, but with modern amenities.

"We began experimenting with mail-order house designs as a way to reach a larger audience," said Jeffrey H. Halpern, the company's principal architect. "Quality stock house plans have a long tradition in the United States, going back to Colonial times when early Americans ordered design guides from Europe."

Halpern's house has a 12-by-18-foot kitchen, 15-by-15-foot dining room, 21-by-17-foot family room with a wood-burning fireplace and cathedral ceiling, 12-by-14-foot den/guest room and a full shower bath on the first floor.

The second-floor master suite has a 14-by-19-foot bedroom with sitting space, dressing area with his and her walk-in closets and a bath with a whirlpool tub and separate shower. There are two more bedrooms and a laundry area on that level.

Shelter Properties forms senior housing division

Shelter Properties has created the Park View Division to manage its 10 senior housing communities, which offer more than 1,400 affordable apartments for the elderly.

Colonial Landing in Elkridge, (410) 796-4300 and Park View in Fullerton, (410) 663-0665), two of Shelter's newest communities, are accepting rental applications now.

"Providing services in our market rate, assisted-living facilities is one thing, but we are particularly pleased when we can work with state and local agencies and others in the community to provide seniors housing where rents average about $430 per month," says Mark K. Joseph, chairman of the Shelter Group.

Many of Shelter's apartment communities provide residents with easy access to on-site dining programs, transportation, housekeeping, medical screenings and a variety of social and supportive health services.

Henry H. Lewis Contractors receives excellence award

Henry H. Lewis Contractors of Owings Mills recently received a 1996 Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors for its construction of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.

Company President Henry H. Lewis accepted the award for first place in the institutional, under $2 million, category at the group's national convention in Orlando, Fla.

The association's Baltimore metropolitan chapter also honored the company with an excellence in merit shop construction for its renovation of the Baltimore Country Club Pool House facility.

Lewis graduated from Franklin High School in Reisterstown and attended the Maryland Institute. He worked for Ed Colwill Construction Co. and W. H. Ward Co. before starting his own firm in 1966.

He is a director of the Hannah More Academy and Reisterstown Federal Savings Bank; and a trustee for the Owings Mills Fire Company.

News in Brief

Century 21 Diana Realty Inc.said Therese M. Redmond and Jan Diana recently attended the 40th semiannual conference of International Relocation Consultants Inc., a professional association of Century 21 brokers and agents specializing in family relocation. Typically, the 529 INRELCO offices handle 10,000 corporate moves and 2,500 military transfers each year.

The Community Association Institute elected Robert M. Diamond, an attorney with Hazel & Thomas P.C. in Richmond, Va., president for its 1996-1997 term. Other officers are Michael J. Levin, Portland, Ore., president-elect; Gary A. Porter, Ventura, Calif., vice president; W. Stephen Castle, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., treasurer; and Ellen Hirsch de Haan, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., secretary. CAI is a national nonprofit association created in 1973 to educate and represent the residential community association industry.

Decorating Den Systems Inc.,which calls itself the world's largest interior decorating organization, has launched a new franchise called Window Styles by Decorating Den. WSDD franchise owners will specialize in window treatments and bedroom ensembles. The entry fee for the new franchise is $8,900. Decorating Den says it had $600 million in sales in 1995. Information: (800) DEC-DENS.

ERA Robert Ward Realty in Bel Air received a Jerry Award from ERA Franchise Systems Inc. for raising more than $16,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1995. The MDA corporate sponsor for the real estate industry, ERA has raised more than $20 million for the group since 1977.

Gulfstream Development Corp.reports selling 15 lots at the Innerlinks Village of the Villages at Ocean Pines, where the company is building homes with an Eastern Shore farmhouse theme. A Delaware firm, Gulfstream expects to have homes ready for occupancy this summer and a model ready for viewing by July 4.

Harkins Builders Inc.of Silver Spring received a 1996 Excellence in Construction Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors for the Vistas at Lake Largo, a 110 unit, four-story, wood frame apartment building for senior citizens. The Vistas contain 78 one-bedroom units of 608 square feet and 32 two-bedroom apartments of 870 square feet and having two full baths.

Intelligent Home Technologies Inc.in Bowie provides modern technology systems for home automation, telephone units, audio and home theater for homeowners and small business. Owner Steve Griffin recently completed dealer training for AMP Building Systems of Harrisburg, Pa., a manufacturer of communications components and the SmartHouse wiring systems. Information: (410) 262-4996.

Janie Lee Buyer's Realty Inc.,an exclusive buyer broker, has expanded to the upper level of 7917 Harford Road. Information: (410) 882-8090.

Legg Mason Realty Group has been named exclusive real estate adviser to the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, said John Walker, the Realty Group vice president who will handle the account. Legg Mason Realty Group will review all real estate donations to the nonprofit, public-benefit corporation, which funds Naval Academy projects not provided for through ** government appropriations.

Patterson Park Neighborhoods Initiative,a grass-roots, nonprofit community organization promoting homeownership in Southeast Baltimore, received a $5,000 grant from the Baltimore Community foundation to support a neighborhood newsletter.

Washington Homes Inc.of Landover is building houses in Nashville, Tenn., under the name Westminster Homes after acquiring the homebuilding assets of Richter Dial Builders. Washington Homes also builds single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

On the Move

Century 21 Diana Realty said Lynne M. Schmidt and Paula Craven joined the Bel Air company as sales associates. A member of the Harford County Association of Realtors, Schmidt received her real estate license in July.

Chateau Builders appointed Gregory R. Phillips sales manager for the Willows of Howard County. Phillips previously served at sales consultant for Trafalgar House Residential Maryland. He is a graduate of Widener University in Chester, Pa.

Coldwell Banker Grempler Realty Inc. said Pauline Davis has returned to its Charles Street/Ruxton office as a sales associate. Davis has 10 years' experience in real estate with more than $25 million worth of houses sold.

Metroventures,a Columbia real estate development firm, promoted Suzanne Graham to senior project manager to oversee redeveloping Lafayette Market in the Pennsylvania Avenue Commercial Corridor into the Avenue Market. Graham holds a master's degree in real estate from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in city and regional planning from Howard University.

Homeowners Marketing Servicesof the Mid-Atlantic States, a provider of residential real estate support services, promoted Walt Pratt to northern regional manager. The region includes Harford and Cecil counties in Maryland and New Castle County

in Delaware.

PHH Mortgage Services appointed Terence W. Edwards president. Edwards previously was vice president of investor relations and treasurer of PHH Corp. in Hunt Valley. He has a bachelor of business administration degree from Iona College and a master's degree from Loyola College.

Ridge Lumber Co.said Ed DeGrange, formerly vice president of DeGrange Lumber in Glen Burnie, has joined the firm as an outside sales executive.

Pub Date: 5/12/96

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