Built in 1926 as a Federal Reserve bank in Second Renaissance Revival style, this Baltimore grand dame was noted for its dramatic, arched doorways and imposing façade. It remained a bank until 2012, when Baybridge Properties acquired and developed it into a luxury condominium. It was named The Lenore after a character in a poem by Baltimore native Edgar Allen Poe.
A design team from Marks, Thomas Architects preserved its historic splendor while introducing a modern edge. “It was not a retro replication,” says principal Tom Liebel, “but we were trying to harken back to grander days.”
The lobby’s original plaster ceiling and limestone walls (pictured) had to be restored where 1980s partitions had carved up the space. Explains Liebel, “We were undoing rather than inserting things.” Today, a sculpted wall panel by Textures 3-D defines the reception area and geometric chairs by Kellex make a bold statement.
The 102-unit building offers a cyber lounge, a fitness center and a gated dog walk. The project utilized federal historic preservation tax credits; LEED Silver certification is pending.
RENOVATION ARCHITECTURE & INTERIORS: TOM LIEBEL, FAIA, LEED Fellow, principal in charge; Aaron Zephir, AIA, project manager; Darlene Watson, CID, LEED AP ID+C, interior designer, Marks, Thomas Architects, Baltimore, Maryland. RENOVATION CONTRACTOR: HAMEL BUILDERS, Elkridge, Maryland.