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1882, Stanford White of McKim, Mead and White. 1217 St. Paul St.
  • (Photograph by Alexander Heilner)
  • (Photograph by Alexander Heilner)
  • (Photograph by Alexander Heilner)
  • (HABS)

Baltimore millionaire Ross R. Winans (grandson and namesake to railroad pioneer Ross Winans) inherited the wealth his family amassed through railroad ventures with the B&O and in Russia. He hired White to design his fashionable house on St. Paul Street when this area was one of Baltimore’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Work on the Winans House overlapped with the design of White’s other Baltimore landmark, Lovely Lane Methodist Church. The forty-six-room house has a picturesquely eclectic exterior executed in brick and brownstone with touches of both Richardsonian Romanesque and French Renaissance Revival architectural modes influential at the time. The lavish interiors, many of which still survive, were appointed with carved oak, teak, and mahogany paneling, Tiffany Studios tiles, leaded glass, parquet floors, and other fine decoration. Starting in 1928, the Winans House hosted a variety of nonresidential uses, including funeral parlor, girls’ preparatory school, and doctor’s office. After a restoration in 2005, the Winans House continues to serve as offices.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1882

  • 2005


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "ROSS WINANS HOUSE", [Baltimore, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 164-164.

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