October 27, 2014 Mies van der Rohe

Mies’ Highfield House in Baltimore Marks 50 Years

Highland House

Mies van der Rohe’s Highfield House in Baltimore this weekend marked 50 years since it opened its doors to residents. Seems like the more traditional-minded neighbors did not approve when it was originally built. The condo (it was originally apartments) building just north of Johns Hopkins Homewood campus was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. (The only other building in Maryland designed by Mies is the 1962 One Charles Center office building, which is also on the National Register of Historic Places.)

I found one unit currently for sale. The 2 bed/2 bath is listed for $199K.

Highland House

A view of Mies’ Highfield House from N. Charles Street.

Built in 1964, the 15-story reinforced-concrete and glass structure is perched on columns that shelter a glass-enclosed lobby with its Mies-designed Barcelona chairs, ottomans and coffee table.

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Highland House lobby

Appropriate furniture in the lobby, which features terrazzo floors.

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Mies’ plan, originally designed as an apartment building, included the surrounding grounds with a sunken pool and landscaped recreation area.

Mies’ minimalist modern landscape on the back terrace.

Highland House landscape

Mies’ modern planting beds.

Highland House pool

Highland House’s back terrace and sunken swimming pool.

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Back lawn area with free-standing screen.

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A shot of  the back of Highfield House through the minimalist plantings.