How renovation brought the 1858 Whitehill’s Row into the present

By Gina Gallucci White

The main level features repurposed original beams and a working fireplace surrounded by original brick the developers exposed and repointed.

When developers David Bauer and Michael Gordon bought Whitehill’s Row on the east end of Downtown Frederick, they had a vision for revitalizing the property: Retain historical elements and design while mixing in modern amenities and functionality.

Perimeter walls have been framed and the floor systems redone.

RENOVATION — After getting the property rezoned from light industrial to residential, the pair began a complete renovation of the structurally sound building in February 2018.

They designed floor plans that are functional for today’s furniture and amenities. Each row home has a new heating, electrical and plumbing, as well an air-conditioning system with an upstairs and downstairs unit to ensure each level of the home is the perfect temperature. Spray foam insulation and new roof were added to increase efficiency.

The main-floor kitchen, shown here mid-renovation, retains many of the home’s original elements, including wood and brick. The ceiling beams were removed.

INTERIOR DESIGN — Completed in a gray palette, the walls have new framing and drywall. They are paired with historic aspects of the structure. Original brick walls have been repointed and sealed and basement stone walls tuck-pointed. Repurposed floor joists now serve as shelves and the original wooden fireplace mantels have been restored. Old metal roofing was used for accent walls.
In keeping with the property’s history, folks will notice an industrial vibe with the fixtures, as well as designs featuring columns, exposed stairs and corrugated metal stairwells.