Baltimore Rowhouse Adaptability Makes Room for Three Generations of Women in Style

From the Baltimore Sun: "The large rowhouse in Federal Hill that belongs to the Johnson family shelters multiple generations.  'We are three generations of women living in this home that we decided to make 21st century,' laughed Gilda Johnson. "Little more than a year later, this former two-story rowhouse rises to three stories, with a mansard-style roof, dormered windows, iron fencing around the rooftop deck — one of four decks — and an elevator to climb from the finished basement to the very top of the house.

"With interior dimensions of 18 feet wide by 80 feet long and copious interior natural light, the first floor is laid out with a breathtaking, center circular staircase which divides the living area in the front from the open dining room, kitchen and breakfast nook in the rear.

"The staircase's iron spindles and oak railing lead all the way to the roof top deck — if one chooses to walk. Each of the bedrooms, two on the second floor and two on the third floor, has its own bathroom while the back rooms on each level open to private decks."

"'It was hard for me to adjust, I preferred my old life living by myself,' said Carlyn Johnson. 'But now I realize that everything Gilda thought of for this house was the correct thing to keep me out of a nursing home. Generationally, it's very well thought out.'"  Full article here.  (Photo credit: Jed Kirschbaum.)