Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Residents of Highfield House mark its 50th year

Residents of Highfield House mark its 50th year

Architect Donald Sickler can still recall the color of brick that helped quiet the anxiety surrounding a North Baltimore apartment house that Guilford residents feared would resemble a steely hulk.

Saturday, residents of that apartment house, the 50 year-old Highfield House, a National Register of Historic Places landmark at 4000 N. Charles St., are marking their home's five decades with a plaque unveiling. They've also reflected on the first days at Highfield House, the work of the legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the German-born designer who put the cool in Midcentury Modern. Like other ideas new to Baltimore, Highfield House initially got a cool reception.