Homewood privy, to be beneficiary of Md. House, Garden
Homewood's privy documented in a recent Historic American
On Saturday, May 13, some of the most beautiful private
residences, gardens and public buildings in North Baltimore
City and neighboring Woodbrook will be open to the public
as part of the 69th annual Maryland House and Garden
Pilgrimage, whose primary purpose is to help preserve and
restore architecturally and historically significant
properties in Maryland. Among the destinations are the
university's Homewood House
Museum — built as a summer residence in 1802 for
Charles Carroll Jr. — and its privy, which has been
chosen as this year's preservation project to be funded
through the day's proceeds.
Although there were originally many buildings on the
Homewood property, only two contemporary with the house
remain standing: the Merrick Barn and the privy. The
survival of this type of structure is extraordinarily rare,
and the funds received will support efforts to stabilize
the building, repair the wood shingle roof, repoint the
bricks and restore losses to the interior paneling.
"This is a terrific opportunity for Homewood, and the House
and Garden Pilgrimage is always a fun day," said Homewood
curator Catherine Rogers Arthur.
The privy is located at what was the edge of Homewood's
formal gardens. Its design includes two entrances: one for
women and children and another for men. Archaeological
investigation conducted near the site in the mid-1980s
unearthed a number of clay smoking pipes, suggesting the
presence of men and the privy as a destination as they
strolled through Homewood's grounds.
The building's interior boasts chestnut paneling inscribed
with illustrations, poetry and other boyish reminders of
the time when Homewood served as site of the Gilman School
from 1897 until 1910.
In addition to Homewood House, the private homes and
gardens included in the tour are in Roland Park and
Woodbrook. Also included are the Woman's Club of Roland
Park and St. David's Church. The tour takes place from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for admission to all the
sites or $10 for an individual site and may be purchased
through Homewood House. For tickets or more information,
call 410-5165589 or go to
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