By Carol Sorgen, Photography by Stephen Buchanan
Annapolis architect Cathy Purple Cherry loves the Bay Ridge home of John and Po Martin almost as much as the homeowners themselves do. Not surprising as it was one of the first projects Purple Cherry took on after establishing her firm in 1996. In the almost two decades since, both she and the Martins have grown their businesses (the Martins own Jack Martin Insurance Advisers) and their families, and the home Purple Cherry designed for the couple has withstood the test of time.
The Martins—he a longtime Annapolitan and she a “Jersey girl”—bought the house 20 years ago from the estate of a gentleman who had owned it since the 1940s. “It was just one of the many cottages built in the early 20th century,” Po Martin says. In fact, when the Martins bought the home, they actually purchased the lot the cottage sat on with the expectation that the cottage would be torn down.
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