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GUILFORD: The Golden Age of American Residential Development and Design
October 12, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Presented by the Roland Park Country School
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Celebrate the Centennial of the Guilford Community by exploring this distinctive Baltimore neighborhood with a rich history, stunning architecture, and sensitive site planning. The 210 acres of land that are now Guilford were developed in the early 20th Century by the Roland Park Company, with the layout of the community designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and the renowned Olmsted Brothers firm. Within the development, the Olmsteds planned a series of roads that led circulation throughout the neighborhood in a hierarchy of boulevards, streets, lanes, circles and squares. A variety of lot sites and building types offered many options for home dwellers and a series of open spaces, parks and squares provide unique areas seldom seen in suburban land development.
Complementing the innovative site design area collection of distinctive and architecturally significant single family, semi-detached and row house dwellings that were designed by the leading architects of the day such as John Russell Pope, Laurence Hall Fowler and Palmer & Lamdin. The Olmsted vision made Guilford a model of development, one that still offers ideals that are as current today as they were one hundred years ago. The walking tour will explore Guilford’s Olmsted plan, diverse architectural treasures, and the neighborhood’s
signature Sherwood Gardens, one of the most famous tulip gardens in North America.
Meet at Gateway Park, located at the intersection of University Parkway, Greenway, and St. Paul Street.
Led by Architect, David Gleason, FAIA
Image Courtesy Baltimore Heritage, from the Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries.