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DNR Hosts Resident-Curatorship Open House in Baltimore County

Towson, Md. (July 7, 2010) ─ The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting an open house at the historic Barrans House in Baltimore County on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This property is available for restoration under the Department’s Resident-Curatorship Program, through which private donations are sought for the restoration and maintenance of State-owned historic buildings.

The house is a “Barrington” model Sears prefabricated kit house constructed around 1930. These houses were popular at that time and were sold in the Sears catalog for about $2,500. Very little has changed with the house since it was constructed, and much of the original details, woodwork and fixtures remain intact.

The house, located at 1527 Providence Road, on the grounds of Gunpowder Falls State Park near Towson, is adjacent to Cromwell Valley Park, which is managed by Baltimore County. Situated just north of the Baltimore beltway in a residential area, the property is convenient to the city but lies in protected parkland. The majority of the 2 acre property is wooded.

The Resident-Curatorship Program seeks to secure private donations of restoration and maintenance services for this state-owned historic structure. Curators pledge to restore this historic property and also maintain it in good condition after the restoration. In return for the time, expense, and work completing the curatorship, the curator will receive a lifetime lease on the property.

For more information on the Barrans House or the Resident-Curatorship Program, contact Emily Burrows at or call 410-260-8457.

   July 7, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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