Gunther and Anastasiia du Hoffman quip that they go to church every day, but it’s true. The couple’s home is a small Gothic Revival church near Longwoods on state Route 662 in Talbot County. The board-and-batten siding and Gothic-arched openings of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, built in 1900, reflect the influence of famous architect Richard Upjohn’s rural architecture pattern books. For the du Hoffmann family, the unique National Register structure has provided challenges, a
A home built nearly 300 hundred years ago surely has seen a lot of lives pass through it. Is it beyond the realm of reason that some part of them remains tied to the house? Such could be the case for the Inn at the Mitchell House in Kent County. It is located in Tolchester, which, back in the steamboat days, was a bustling tourist destination on the Chesapeake Bay complete with amusement park. To visit the inn today is to step back in time. And some of those times were tumult
One of today’s popular buzzwords is “repurpose.” People find new purposes for everything, from furniture to wine bottles, housewares and even homes. Hidden away within the outskirts of Easton is a perfect study in home repurposing, 510 Diamond St. This address is appropriate, as it truly is a “diamond in the rough,” and was not converted from a barn into a personal residence until 1972. This home was further repurposed just four years ago when Kevan and Chris Full, the home’
Renovating a home is like living in the wild — you do whatever it takes to survive! In the hilarious 1986 comedy “The Money Pit,” Tom Hanks and Shelley Long encounter a series of disasters when they naively attempt to renovate a mansion. They were completely unprepared for the cost and stress involved because of unexpected problems that emerged. Jane Keller and Gordon Bjorkman faced some of these same challenges when they purchased Granny Branch Farm near Church Hill in 2005.