The "Otterbein" neighborhood or sometimes, "The Old Otterbein", takes its name from the Old Otterbein Church, which was built in 1785 and named for the first Pastor Rev. Philip Wilhelm Otterbein; it still stands today at the intersection of Sharp & Conway streets.Historically, the area around the Church was the site of homes owned by some of Baltimore's most renowned merchants such as Moses Sheppard and Enoch Pratt; men whose businesses would elevate the city to the status of a world port. It wasn't until Baltimore's expansion after the civil war that these merchants would leave Otterbein and move further north to neighborhoods such as Mt. Vernon, and later, Guilford and beyond. The homes, shops and workrooms of the local tradespeople in Otterbein were built in the same blocks as those of the wealthier merchants. Tucked away in little back alleys, with names like Welcome, Homespun and Honey, the homes and other dwellings bespeak a time when the city was not economically segregated. During the first half of the 19th century, freed blacks lived alongside whites in a city that was only loosely segregated. Today, there are magnificent homes scattered throughout the Otterbein neighborhood; many have side gardens and other lush nooks of greenery that can be explored and enjoyed. Otterbein also features numerous open green common squares that provide wide open spaces for community use.After being slated for demolition in the 1970s, the city came under under intense pressure from historians and individuals interested in Homesteading and the Otterbein Homesteading site was created. Sometimes referred to as Dollar Houses, the city essentially gave these properties away to citizens who committed to re-building to strict codes that placed a high value on historic flavor and, as such, the neighborhood was re-born and is known to this day as one of the most successful homesteading sites in the nation. Further reading about the Otterbein Homestead can found on the internet or, occasionally, found in a guidebook given to the new owners of the properties at the time.Our subject home, originally built in 1795, was was essentially completely re-built from the foundation up in the early 1980s with great attention to period-correct architectural details such as wainscoting, chair rails, elaborate crown moldings and a shake roof on the portion facing the street. The re-build also included the attachment of a formerly separate carriage house dating from 1865 and highlighted a central courtyard in back of the original main house, which was recently re-styled as an Asian garden. The property size is 21' x 84' long and, in the rear, adjoins a small, private easement that provides access to Welcome Alley. Listed in the tax records as 2,010 sf, this home is much closer to 2,700 sf.The main house is three stories high and features 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. The courtyard / sun room connection is one story. The rear carriage house is a two story bi-level structure that connects to the main house via the sun room. The carriage house features a bed / bath combination on the upper level and a sitting or living room space on the lower level. Altogether, this carriage house offers a fabulous private arrangement for guests and has great potential as in-law quarters.After initial re-building in the 1980s, this home was again extensively refurbished in 2019 when the kitchen, master bath, and bedroom #2 were modernized in a way that thoroughly acknowledges the home's 19th century roots while providing all of the comforts one would expect from a luxury home. The occupants of this home will be within easy walking distance of the community pool, downtown businesses, the Inner Harbor, both stadiums and the Camden Yards MARC rail station. Easy access to 395 is literally just hundreds of feet away too.
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Listing information last updated on October 26th, 2020 at 3:46pm CDT.