Full House at Doors Open Baltimore Tour – The Hawley-Hutzler House


Encore was excited to feature another property with Doors Open Baltimore on October 7, 2023, the breathtaking and eclectic Victorian mansion, The Hawley-Hutzler House. This was our third year in a row with the honor of one of our project properties being added to this public event – one which highlights only a select few.


The event was a huge success with more than 250 visitors. The flow was continuous all day long. Architect Ward Bucher gave mini-tours without a break from 10 AM until he could no longer talk around 3 PM. Lisa Lauren Johnson and Lisa Jensen then took up the slack and continued the mini-tours until closing at 4 PM. We talked about the history of the house and the history of gilding, and pointed out many of the quirky features in the entertaining rooms. Volunteers greeted, counted and shepherded the nonstop visitors. Guests also got to see professional photographs of the interiors from 1905.  It was especially fun to see familiar preservationists and neighbors, a high school classmate, and stained-glass expert Linda Rebben.

Learn More About Doors Open Baltimore

Doors Open Baltimore is an annual tour and celebration of architecture and neighborhoods across Baltimore. Begun in 2014 and hosted by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, it invites residents and visitors to share and explore the history and culture of Baltimore both with live and virtual tours and programs.


Learn More About Baltimore’s Historic Hawley-Hutzler House

The story of the Hawley-Hutzler House begins in 1887 when Martin Hawley, a prominent player in the lumber business, built one of Baltimore’s largest homes of its time for $70,000.

Throughout this 8,000 square foot Victorian mansion, all of the rooms are designed in unique ways. Each room features a different species of wood used in stunning millwork, arches, paneling and carved details. Whether Hawley used whatever surplus lumber was available through his business, or the eclectic mix of wood was a deliberate, creative decision, the result is spectacular.

Curious? Read all of the blogs about this project:

Open Door: The Preservation of the Hawley-Hutzler House

Open Door: Cleaning Ebenezer at the Hawley-Hutzler House

Open Door: Richardsonian Romanesque at the Hawley-Hutzler House

Open Door: Road Trip with the Hawley-Hutzler House

Open Door: Getting High with Hawley-Hutzler, Drones and Historic Buildings

Open Door: A Secret Garden at the Hawley-Hutzler House

Open Door: The Gilded Age of Hawley-Hutzler