1217 Saint Paul Street (Ross R. Winans Mansion)
Noted architect Standford White of McKim, Mead & White designed this four-story brownstone mansion in 1882 in the Francois I style. The 18,601-square-foot residence was built for Mr. Ross R. Winans, an early member of the Board of Directors of the B&O Railroad.
In 1914, the Winans family leased the building to Girls’ Latin School (a preparatory school for Goucher College). In 1928, the house was sold to William Cook for use as a funeral home. From 1969 to 1995 it housed medical offices until Agora acquired it.
The building’s decoration and details are excellent examples of late 19th century style. The grand room on the southeast corner of the first floor was once the ballroom whose curved windows overlooked the garden. The room has pocket doors, a plaster frieze cornice and Greek key floor borders.
The executive office on the northwest corner features a small marble fireplace and a built-in safe with a brass trimmed front and astonishingly beautiful painted inner doors.
Thoughout the building there are many examples of the amazingly detailed styles of the period. Among the office space are elaborate mantels, Tiffany tiles, carved banisters, decorative ceilings and inlaid paneling. This building is currently home to Stansberry Research.