Iconic Baltimore Estate, Tyrconnell Hits Market for $4.95 Million
Circa 1820’s Property Features 22.5 Acres of Gardens and Sweeping Lawns Designed by Acclaimed Landscape Architect, Arthur Folsom Paul
BALTIMORE (April 24, 2014) — Karen Hubble Bisbee of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Hubble Bisbee Group, recently listed the iconic estate known as Tyrconnell for $4.95 million. Located at 120 Woodbrook Lane in the Woodbrook neighborhood of Baltimore, the 22.5 acre estate features an English-style Georgian stone country house, water frontage overlooking Lake Roland, formal gardens, rolling lawns, a carriage house, tenant houses and a barn.
“It is no wonder why this home has been owned by generations of Baltimore’s elite families. This estate is noted as one of the few Gilded Age garden and homes still under private ownership in Maryland,” said Karen Hubble Bisbee. “The property provides a historical and serene waterfront setting surrounded by elaborate gardens, is updated with all of the modern conveniences and located in the epicenter of the Baltimore, just north of the county line.”
The original stone house was built by John O’Donnell, a captain in the East India Company and merchant in 1826. The name Tyrconnell refers to a 5thcentury fiefdom of the O’Donnell clan in Ireland, meaning Land of Connell. This structure was incorporated into the rebuild and expansion commissioned by John Sears Gibbs of the Gibbs Canning Company in 1922. The new construction was designed by famed Baltimore architect Walter White. The gardens, inspired by those at Villa d ’Este on Lake Como, were designed by landscape architect Arthur Folsom Paul in the late 1920’s. The grounds feature tall trees, wide lawns, bluestone terraces with mature planting, formal and informal gardens, a pond, a stream with waterfalls and a quarter-mile alee with three fountains. Recent upgrades to the gardens include LED garden and landscape lighting.
Upon entering the secluded drive and passing through wrought iron gates, a circular motor court paved in river rock and enhances with high stone walls come into view. The three-story, 19thcentury Georgian home features 10 bedrooms, nine full-bathrooms, three half-baths and 11fireplaces. Unique architectural elements of the home include wood paneled walls, Palladian windows, French doors, 13-foot ceilings, built-in bookcases, crown molding, wainscoting, parquet floors, crystal chandeliers and an elevator.
The first floor is comprised of a grand Georgian entry portal leading to an intimate foyer, reception hall, gallery hall, living room, dining room, library, sitting room, game room, billiard room, solarium and kitchen complex with four Sub-Zero refrigerators and Thermador ovens. On the second floor, there is private hall with access to the master suite with custom fitted walk-in closets and two bathrooms. Also on the second floor is a library plus six spacious en-suite bedrooms, four fireplaces and a glass enclosed porch. The third level offers five additional rooms with three full-bathrooms. Upgrades to the residence include a new nine-zone HVAC system with 100-kilowatt emergency generator and new copper recessed gutters and downspouts.
The current owners have shared the property and played host to many fundraisers for organizations including the National Trust for Historical Preservation, the Maryland Environmental Trust, AIDS Action Baltimore, the Kennedy Krieger Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. It has also been the backdrop to several television and film projects. In 2000, the exterior served as the Rawley Academy for Boys on The WB Network’s teen drama, “Young Americans.” In addition the home has made cameos on the HBO’s series “The Wire” and the 2004 TV-movie “Something the Lord Made.”
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