Modernism in Baltimore: A Tour of an Alexander Smith Cochran Home

August 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Leaderman House, 3005 Old Court Road, Pikesville, MD 21208

cochran house exterior

Join the Baltimore Architecture Foundation for a tour of an early residential home designed by modernist architect Alexander Smith Cochran. The home is located on Old Court Road in Pikesville and is currently being prepared for sale.

The tour is sold out, so we are considering hosting a second tour! Interested? Email 

Born just north of Baltimore City, Alexander Cochran Smith trained under Walter Gropius at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and was instrumental in bringing a new modern language of architecture to a conservative Baltimore in the mid-20th century. Cochran shook Baltimore society with his Bauhaus inspired homes. He extended his modernist vision to social causes during his tenure working with James Rouse to build some of the nation’s first publicly-funded housing projects. Cochran was also a key player in Baltimore’s mid-century downtown renaissance, bringing world class modernist architects to the city including Mies Van Der Rohe, Walter Gropius, John Johansen and Pietro Belluschi. He contributed his own design work to the revitalization of the Inner Harbor with the Baltimore Convention Center.

The home at 3005 Old Court Road was built in 1952 for Alexander J. and Shirley Leaderman. Mr. Leaderman founded Rockland Industries, which grew to become the world’s largest manufacturer of drapery lining fabric.The 1952 home is intact with original built-ins and fixtures. BAF founder and past-president Walter Schamu, FAIA ,will lead the tour with Pamela Leaderman Berman and Steve Leaderman, who lived in the home as children.

Parking available on the driveway and lawn.

Copies of Alexander Smith Cochran: Modernist Architect in Traditional Baltimore will be available for purchase. A light reception will be held in the home.