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January 4,, 1999
CONTACT: Catherine Rogers Arthur
or Judith Proffitt
Phone: (410) 516-5589

Homewood House Museum to Open Its Third Annual Exhibition

Homewood House Museum's third annual exhibition, "Homewood in the Colonial Revival," will open Saturday, Jan. 16.

Colonial Revival is sometimes seen as a discrete style period, which began in 1876 and continued into the 20th century. Its popularity rests partly on an ongoing fascination and sentiment for America's pre-industrial, colonial past. Homewood House, built beginning in 1801 as a wedding present from Charles Carroll of Carrollton to his son Charles Carroll of Homewood, underwent its earliest restoration efforts in the early 20th century and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in America.

"Homewood in the Colonial Revival" examines the early 20th century restoration of Homewood House and its architectural influence on the local, national and international level. It's most immediate influence is the surrounding campus of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. As a subject of style and affluence, however, the stately home has been influential in architecture for example, the diplomatic residences in Liberia and Nicaragua--and as an image for marketing a wide variety of products. The exhibition will spotlight examples of Homewood's influence in the promotion of products from silver and pork to furniture and works of art including an in-depth focus on Potthast Bros. Inc. and Carroll family antiques.

The exhibit will open to the public on Jan. 16, with remarks by curator Catherine Rogers Arthur at 2 p.m., and will run through Monday, April 12, 1999.

Exhibition programs include:

  • Colonial Revival Family Days on Sunday, Feb. 7, and Sunday, March 7, from 1 to 3 p.m.

  • A Reunion of Potthast Craftsmen on Saturday, Feb. 20.

  • Colonial Revival Architecture Walking Tour on Saturday, April 10.

  • Homewood House Museum, located on The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Admission to "Homewood in the Colonial Revival" is included in the regular museum admission of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students. Special program fees are not included in the regular museum admission. For more information on "Homewood in the Colonial Revival" or other related programs, please call 410-516-5589.

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