Catonsville residents invited to tour restored local mansion

September 3, 2013 by  

History buffs and design enthusiasts from the Catonsville area will soon have the chance to tour a newly-renovated landmark in a neighboring community.

Toward the end of the month, Historic Ellicott City, Inc. will be opening the doors of the Mount Ida Mansion to the public. The association may have hired a professional printing company to create brochures and flyers for the visitors who will be exploring this 19th century home.

Leading preservationists in Ellicott City have named Mount Ida this year’s Decorator Show House. With the help of renowned architectural designer Carroll Frey, more than one dozen professional decorators have added their input to restore the residence to its previous splendor. Guests at the historic site will notice fresh paint, artwork, and furniture indoors, while the gardens will be blooming with new flowers and shrubs.

While at the mansion, attendees can expect to get ideas for decorating their own homes. Volunteer tour guides will be present to point out important features of the restored property and to address any questions that their visitors might have.

Tours of Mount Ida will begin on Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 am and will remain available through Sunday, October 27. The house will be closed to the public on Mondays.

Guests will need to be 10 years or older to enter the mansion. Visitors will be able to purchase tickets at the door for $20 and may also call (410) 461-6908 to buy tickets in advance for $15.

Mount Ida is located at 3691 Sarahs Lane.