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2316 Bauernschmidt Drive, Essex, MD 21221



Single Family Home4 Bedrooms5+ Bathrooms4,656 SqftPool: Private

Property Details

  • $599,900
  • Property Type: Single Family Home
  • MLS Number: MDBC432898
  • Pool: Private
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Stories: 5+
  • Bathrooms: 5+
  • Property Status: For Sale
  • Acreage: 0.75
  • Fireplaces: 5
  • Square Footage: 4,656
  • Year Built: 1909
  • 4 Bedroom Suites - Beautiful Wood Floors - Breakfast Nook - Central Air Conditioning - Cupola - First & Second Level Wrap Around Porches - Gourmet Kitchen - Historic significance - Inground Pool - Italianate/Victorian Architecture - Large Lot - Large Pane Windows - Original 5 Panel Doors - Original Woodwork - Ornate Fireplace Mantels - Pocket Doors - Unique Dual Staircase - Water Views
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      Historic Bauernschmidt Manor House c.1909
      This prestigious manor home has been beautifully restored with elegant, expansive spaces, 11′ ceilings, elaborate woodwork & spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay from the wraparound porches & an inviting 4th floor cupola. Built in 1909 by Baltimore brewer Frederick Bauernschmidt, as a summer home, on land once owned by philanthropist, Enoch Pratt, this magnificent Italianate-style Victorian home, designed by renowned architect, Robert C. Ullrich, is a tribute to a bygone era of opulence & affluence, with lavish historic detailing and the finest period fixtures. From its meticulously sculpted wood mantels to the finely crafted newel posts and banisters of its splendid dual staircase, this is a home of rare and beautiful distinction. Though steeped in history, Bauernschmidt Manor House offers a full complement of modern amenities, including 4 ensuite bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, central air conditioning and a private in-ground pool. Set on 3/4 of an acre with mature landscaping and a private yard, this gorgeous home is close to Baltimore & DC, yet a world away.


      Main Floor (11′ ceiling)
      Center Hall 18′ x 11′ – Wood floor, chandelier, closet, original front & rear staircases with wood newel posts & banisters, original wood front double doors with glass, side lites & transom.
      Right Parlor 25′ x 15′ – Wood floor, fireplace with decorative ceramic tile & ornate wood mantel, crown molding, plate rail, 3 hanging lamps (one with medallion), pocket doors, door to kitchen, 4 windows.
      Left Parlor 21′ x 15′ – Wood floor, fireplace with decorative ceramic tile & ornate wood mantel, 3 hanging lamps with medallions, recessed lighting, 2 wall sconces, pocket doors, open with columns to Dining Room, 3 windows.
      Dining Room 22′ x 13′ – Wood floor, plate rail, hanging lamp with medallion, 4 wall sconces, swing door to kitchen, French doors to Sitting Room, 2 windows.
      Sitting Room 15′ x 10′ – Laminate floor, wood panel ceiling, hanging lamp, door to screened porch, 4 windows.
      Kitchen 16′ x 14′ – Wood floor, ganite counters, center island, custom cabinets, hanging lamps, stainless steel appliances, open to Family Room farmed with 2 columns, open to Breakfast Area, door to porch.
      Breakfast Area 10′ x 10′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, wood panel ceiling, 6 windows.
      Family Room 20′ x 16′ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, ceiling fan with lamp, 4 wall sconces, 6 windows.
      Mudroom 7′ x 6′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, door to pool area.
      Rear Hall 14′ x 5′ – Ceramic tile floor, door to Bathroom, door to pool area, door to basement.
      Full Bathroom 10′ x 7′ – Ceramic tile floor, closet, shower.

      2nd Floor (10′ ceiling)
      Landing 13′ x 11′- Wood floor, hanging lamp with medallion, original wood door with glass to wrap around porch, side lites & transom, 2 windows.
      Master Bedroom Suite 19′ x 15′ – Wood floor, fireplace with decorative ceramic tile & ornate wood mantel, ceiling fan, closet, 2 windows.
      *Master Bathroom 16′ x 9′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, walk-in shower, Whirlpool bathtub, wainscot, dual sinks, 2 windows.
      Bedroom 2 Suite 15′ x 15′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, 3 windows.
      *Bathroom 10′ x 10′ – Ceramic tile floor, bathtub, closet, 2 windows.
      Den/Study 16′ x 10′ – Wood floor, 2 windows, door to porch.
      Bedroom 3 Suite 16′ x 15′ – Wood floor, ceiling fan, closet, 4 windows.
      *Bathroom 13′ x 6′ – Ceramic tile floor, recessed lighting, claw foot tub (long), shower, 2 windows.
      Bedroom 4 Suite 16′ x 15′- Wood floor, fireplace with decorative ceramic tile & ornate wood mantel, ceiling fan with hanging lamp, 4 windows.
      *Steam/Shower Room – Ceramic tiled.
      *Commode Room – Sink & commode.

      3rd Floor
      Storage Attic 1
       – Wood floor, exposed trusses.
      Storage Attic 2 – Wood floor, exposed trusses.

      4th Floor
      Cupola 11′ x 11′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, 8 windows, spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay.

      Full Basement 58′ x 40′ – Concrete floor, suitable for storage and workshop.

      Inground Pool
      Gardening Shed
      Mature Landscaping



      • ●All new drywall
      • ●New electrical wiring
      • ●New plumbing
      • ●Double pane historically correct windows

      SELECT IMPROVEMENTS (since 2003)

      • ●New roof & copper gutters
      • ●New siding soffit & fascia to “Specification of Maryland Historical Society”
      • ●New porch roof & railing
      • ●Repaired and replaced porch floor & ceiling
      • ●Replaced all porch columns
      • ●Replaced all screen doors
      • ●Replaced all basement windows
      • ●Rebuilt exterior basement entry (by pool)
      • ●Added storm windows on first floor
      • ●Cleaned & repaired all chimneys
      • ●Landscaping & planting of 25 Leyland Cypresses & 20 Azaleas
      • ●Constructed 2 porches by swimming pool
      • ●Constructed new fence around pool
      • ●New pool liner and filtering system
      • ●New kitchen, including removal of wall & back stairs
      • ●New master bathroom
      • ●Upgraded 4 other bathrooms
      • ●Renovated sun room (off parlor)
      • ●French doors & trim in parlor
      • ●Lights throughout house
      • ●Painting & wallpapering throughout house
      • ●Refinished all floors
      • ●Rebuilt staircase to 3rd floor cupola
      • ●Reconfigured powder room into laundry room
      • ●Added closet under main staircase
      • ●Added built-in China closet in dining room


      Born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1863, Frederick Bauernschmidt was the son of brewer George Baurenschmidt, who had emigrated from Wambach, Germany, in 1853, and his wife Margaretha, whose family (Weissner) was also involved in the city’s brewing business. George, who started life in America working for another Baltimore brewery, opened his own beer plant in 1864. As his family grew, his sons, including Frederick, learned the business and, in 1897, Frederick began construction of his own modern brewery. The following year, George sold his plant to the Maryland Brewing Company, a conglomerate that aggressively acquired various independent companies, many of which had been established by immigrants from Germany.
      Frederick borrowed money to complete his new production plant, which he named “American Brewery,” when it opened in 1899. His business grew and by the dawn of Prohibition in 1919, Frederick Bauernschmidt was producing around 350,000 barrels of beer annually. With the adoption of the Eighteenth Amendment, prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States, Baurenschmidt’s American Brewery closed. Bauernschmidt remained active in the civic life of Baltimore and made significant contributions to support the Union Memorial Hospital and other organizations and associations devoted to providing care to Baltimore’s citizens. Frederick Bauernschmidt died in 1933.
      (National Museum of American History)

      The Bauernschmidt Manor site was purchased in 1904…It is believed that the house was built in 1910, and that the foundation contains bricks from the Baltimore fire of 1904. Throughout the year, Frederick used the area to rest his Belgian horses, used to pull beer wagons. He also held crab feasts for his workers on the property. He & his wife, Agnes, lived in the Manor House during June, July & August. Many parties were held there to raise money for the Baltimore Opera, a pet project of Agnes. Agnes sold the estate, at auction, with its house, 44 acres and “out buildings” ten years after the death of her husband. It was acquired in 1943 by a developer who parceled off the land into approximately 100 individual lots. Today, at the entrance to the area a sign proclaims the neighborhood – Bauernschmidt Manor.
      (A Brief History of Historic Bauernschmidt)



      (Maryland Historical Trust)
      Planter’s Paradise is a very late example of Italianate rural architecture in frame and clapboard. The main block of the house is a square with a full width front porch that wraps around both sides. The most prominent feature is a large, square, hip-roofed cupola with twin round-topped windows on all four facades. The main front of the house is cross gabled and its gable peak shelters a large Palladian window. The eaves are heavily bracketed and exposed rafters emerge under the cross-gable eaves. The house is Italianate in style but fitted with the window types available in 1904, including large-pane sash windows and leaded glass windows.
      The cupola is supported by a brick column coming up from the basement, according to the former owners, the Williams family. Carlton Jones’s 1989 article described some of the features of the house, its three stairways, its 16 by 26-foot dining room, 58 windows, and 14 rooms.
      (MHT more…)


      • ●Planter’s Paradise was an early land grant name, selected in March, 1658 by Thomas Cornwallis for a parcel of 1,000 acres at a site that became known as Planter’s Point. The survey was apparently made before the creation of Baltimore County, because no county is mentioned in the survey document.
      • ●1870-1891 – Planter’s Paradise was used by duck hunting clubs. Some of the hunters, were rumored to have been presidents – Benjamin Harrison & Grover Cleveland.
      • ●1899 – William O. Hinton
      • ●1904 – Frederick Bauernschmidt, who built the manor home sometime before 1910.
      • ●1940 – Otto F. Unger, a developer who sub-divided Planter’s Paradise leaving the house on 1 acre.
      • ●1951 – Nore B. Quillen, became owner of the house & several surrounding lots, defaulted 2 years later.
      • ●1953 – Charles & Anna Williams, called the home Williams Manor and in 1980 it conveyed to their son who then sold it.
      • ●1981 – Richard & Ginger Henley, who began the restoration and sold off the surrounding lots to its current size.
      • ●1987 – Will Gerard & Sue Boyer, continued with the restoration.
      • ●2003 – Current owners completed the extraordinary restoration.



      Elegant Residence
      Bed & Breakfast/Inn – Formerly Bauernschmidt Manor B&B


      Bauernschmidt Manor House – aka Planter’s Paradise – Maryland Historical Trust
      Baltimore Landmarks Booklet – Planter’s Paradise, Page 25.
      Historic Preservation Overview – Baltimore Historic Landmarks
      County Tax Credits – Historic Tax Credits Information
      Maryland Tax Credits – Maryland Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program
      Bauernschmidt Manor B&B – A Brief History of Historic Bauernschmidt
      Enoch Pratt – Brief Biography

      Bauernschmidt Breweries
      American Brewery – Frederick Bauernschmidt’s Brewery 1899-1919
      “American Brewery” Sign – National Museum of American History
      American Brewery Label – Fred. Bauernschmidt’s American Brewery Pale Ale
      American Brewery Building – Frederick Bauernschmidt’s Brewery in Baltimore (vintage) – Baltimore Breweries (includes images of American Brewery)

      Bauernschmidt Family
      History – Bauernschmidt Family History 1835-1912


      Bauernschmidt Manor House – Vintage images on Flickr
      Baltimore or Less – Bauernschmidt Manor – ‘B’ is for Beer in Baltimore (full article – Essex Patch)

      All information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

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      Gary Gestson
      Certified Historic Properties Specialist
      Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
      189 Kentlands Blvd.
      Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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    Gary Gestson

    Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

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