Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage
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Sunday May 17, 2015
10 am to 5 pm

Special Project:

In 1896 the women of Roland Park gathered to begin the Womans’ Club of Roland Park. In 1904, a historic club house on Roland Avenue was built. Frederick Law Olmsted planned the parks and public gardens for the Roland Park but a well- known associate Beatrix Jones Farrand developed the beautiful and elaborate gardens for the Womans’ Club. Our project is to recreate those gardens which have not been maintained.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~HISTORY~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Roland Park Historical District is significant as one of America’s earliest and best designed garden suburbs. It is a unique suburban residential area from the turn of the century, which was destined to serve as a model for numerous other developments, both in this country and abroad. The early landscape planners for Roland Park laid out the community in the context of the existing topography, leaving the natural beauty of the area undisturbed. Public common areas, deed restrictions on incompatible uses and a community association that maintained public amenities were novel community planning innovations that helped to create and foster the growth of Roland Park as a distinctive Baltimore neighborhood. Roland Park is associated with important architects and landscape planners including: Wyatt and Nolting, the Olmsted Brothers, Ellicott and Emmart, Palmer and Lamdin, and Charles A. Platt.  

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ DIRECTIONS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Routes from:
Baltimore and points South: I-295 North take the Pratt Street exit, stay right for a mile then turn left onto S. President Street. Continue straight onto I-83 North for 4.4 miles take exit 9A for Cold Spring Lane, merge onto Cold Spring Lane. Baltimore Polytechnic will be on your left.
Points North:I-95 South to Baltimore using I-695 west towards Towson.Keep right at fork take Beltway to exit 9A. Cold Spring Lane exit. Go east onto Cold Spring Lane. Baltimore Polytechnic will be on your left.
There will be sufficient parking at Baltimore Polytechnic School and the required free shuttle service will transport you to the various sites on the tour. There will be two shuttle routes along the tour: one is for site 1,2,3,4 and the other for site 5,6,7,8.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ LUNCH ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Gourmet boxed lunch prepared by Biddle Street Caterers of Baltimore, will be available for $15 each, at site #8, Womans’ Club of Roland Park The lunches may be picked up between 11:30 and 2:00 at the club, where dining facilities will be set up. A lunchtime shuttle will run during the lunch hours from the Shuttle Transfer Site to the Clubhouse. Restroom facilities are available at this location as well. Lunch includes a water bottle, sandwich, pasta salad, fresh fruit cup, dessert and chips. Sandwich choices are chicken salad, grilled vegetables and mozzarella cheese, or deli roast beef. Lunch should be preordered by May 10, 2015. Please send a check, payable to WCRP, along with your sandwich selection to: WCRP 4500 Roland Ave Baltimore, MD 21210. Your cancelled check is your confirmation. Checks received without a sandwich selection will be returned.  






Built in 1905 this home was designated as a historic property by the State of Maryland. Plum, cherry, Bradford pear and dogwood trees enhance the front yard, their blossoms timed to appear as the season progress. Two spirea bushes, most likely planted when the house was built, stand on either side of the front walkway. Boxwood, hydrangeas, and roses form the backbone of the plantings. Neatly pruned boxwood hedges and clover paths lead to the rose filled back garden. Azaleas abound and assorted ground covers peek out along the edges of the garden. Iris covers the side slope looking down on a row of camellias. In the summer, three well established standard hydrangeas bloom profusely, surrounded by a medley of pale pink and magenta roses. Above the original stucco pillars and wall of the back patio, a green arborvitae hedge provides privacy and is interspersed with crepe myrtles whose white blossoms hang delicately over the patio. Finally tucked neatly in the far corner of the back garden is the garage, originally built as a stable and partially covered by a romping purple wisteria. Porches flank each side of the front portico whose large door is with a lovely leaded glass transfom. Palladian windows in the living room and dining room add to the symmetry of the house. A wide stairway winds up to the third floor, flooding morning sunlight onto the parquet floors. The family room in the back of the house is marked by a delightful ceramic wood stove. A wall of windows looks onto the back garden and the stucco-walled patio. 




This 110 year old Georgian Colonial was built on a double lot with adjoining lots originally stretching all the way to Falls Road. Over the years the adjoining lots have been sold and the original yard has gone from the neighborhood baseball diamond to a formal Williamsburg garden. The six bedroom and three and one half bathrooms have served four families in the past 110 years. The current owners have lived here for over 39 years. The original outdoor porch has been enclosed  and is used as a family room. The kitchen was expanded to include the original butlers pantry and summer pantry porch. The original crown molding has been carefully preserved and the staircase has remained the same to the third floor. The thirty foot brick patio is original and is now shaded by a beautiful sugar maple. The crowning glory of the rear garden is a very old tulip magnolia that announces Spring is here. 


 STONE HOUSE, Lake Avenue 

The Stone House is 85 years old, has seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. The dining room seats 20 for family gatherings and can still feel homey and cozy for the family alone. The house has warm colors and fabrics and has incorporated the owners’ modern art collection. The gardens are beautiful with many rare specimen trees. The terraces lead to a wonderful pool and pool house. The rest of the land is like walking into a dreamy English garden with appropriate sculpture and garden gatherings. 



Situated on a hilly, shady street winding around the Baltimore Country Club, this traditional three story home is classic Roland Park. The historic nature of both neighborhood and house are reflected in its listing with the National Architectural Trust. The inviting front garden, open porchway, and quaint oval windows beckon visitors for a closer look inside.  A fire in the hearth warms the spacious entryway and is but one of the five full-sized fireplaces around the house. The wide well-lit front stairs contrast starkly with the narrow dark rear ones and together with the antique call-bell system date from an earlier time of live-in help. The spacious back porch is surrounded by a lush traditional landscape with a diverse selection of native and traditional plantings hosts rolling waves of color from March through December. Rough-hewn Pennsylvania bluestone surrounding a full pool adds a rustic and natural air to the walks and walls. The house was built in 1904 as part of the third plat of Roland Park and has been lovingly maintained by generations of owners ever since. 



Nestled on a steep hillside this turn of the century house(1904) features spectacular views and a large terraced garden. In 1984 the current owners began to take back the long forgotten garden filled with huge weeds and poison ivy. All the existing plants, shrubs, and hardscape were planted or created during the last 30 years. The recently remodeled kitchen looks out on to the giant oak, pines, tulip poplars, and dogwood trees. As you descend into the back garden area there are paths that lead to distinct garden areas with unique flowers and plants. Small ponds welcome a plethora of animals. A unique pale blue bee apiary is centered in a stone patio planted with herbs. The pathways leading to the house have many unusual shade loving plants and turn of the century wrought iron gates.  



This incredible garden begins as you open the garden gate. First you see a flowing landscape of green. As you look to your right you will find a fairy garden. There is a pond with a waterfall and a young boy fishing. On to the pool and the extensive perennial garden with three season blooms to enjoy. Take a slow walk down lovely shady steps to an exceptional labyrinth. The garden flows from one picture perfect setting to another. 




The steps up this very lovely home take you to the front porch of one of the grandest streets in Roland Park. To your left is a beautiful garden designed so that a football game could be played on that very green grass. Surrounding the lawn are gardens that bloom in every season. Gorgeous color, texture, and various heights delight the eye. As you walk around the garden you will come to the pool and pool house.  The owners plant over 70 pots of flowers each Spring to surround the pool and the terraces.  





The Womans’ Club of Roland Park was established in 1896 by 28 women whose objective was to provide a center for cultural and intellectual pursuits. In 1904 this beautiful house was built. The gardens were designed by the Olmstead sons and Beatrix Farrand. Woman of diverse interests and talents gather weekly to foster friendships promote the arts and learn from renowned speakers. Many of the woman feel a if they are extending their college education. The club also has day trips to many local, DC and PA site of interest. When you enter the building consider the past, present, and the future this club has experienced.

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