This grand dame, sitting prominently on Roland Park's prestigious park-lined University Parkway, was built by Dr. John C. Hemmeter in 1911 to much fanfare. Hemmeter, the pioneer of early gastronomic surgery and a well-known professor at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, and his wife were well known in the social pages of the times. The Hemmeter House was built in 1912 "sparing no expense," according to the Evening Sun. The couple designed this beautiful house to display their extensive international art collection, and Mr. Hemmeter intended for the house and it's contents to be gifted to Johns Hopkins University upon his death. However, as is the case with so many of the best laid intentions, such a gift never took place. Mr. Hemmeter died before his wife, and upon the death of Mrs. Hemmeter in the 1920s, the mansion was sold to a private party.
The Hemmeter House went through several more hands over the next 20 or so years until it was purchased in the early 1940s by a developer and converted into six, highly sought after luxury apartments. Again, no expense was spared. But over the next 70 years the property became outdated, languished, and exchanged hands several more times to owners who put less and less care into the property. It was purchased in 2000 by homeowners who attempted a restoration which failed, leaving the property vacant and unusable. It's shape deplorable, without working bathrooms or a kitchen, missing doors and windows, and dangerously outdated plumbing and electrical systems.
Purchased for $499,000.00 in 2014, Barrus undertook a massive renovation of the property, carefully restoring most of the original details, all of which were either in poor condition or removed altogether. Through careful research and meticulous care, the property was restored to a single-family house in all of it's original beauty and grandeur. Walls were restored to their original positions, ornate plasterwork and woodwork was extensively repaired, and doors, windows and stained glass restored. The mansion's original plumbing and electrical systems were almost entirely replaced, and central cooling was added. Every radiator from the house's original radiator system was removed, restored and re-plummed using over five miles of copper piping, and the system was fitted with a state-of-the-art, computer controlled modulated condensing boiler system, making the house more energy efficient than most houses today. The kitchen was enlarged and modernized, and ever bathroom restored and modernized, with a new, grand master bathroom to top it all off.
Today the home is a private residence. Exterior renovations are ongoing, expected to be completed in late 2017.
- Roland Park
- 7,500 square feet
- Historic single-family restoration