Located on the highest land in the City, yet a sufficient distance from the hubbub of downtown, Bolton Hill has always been one of the “who’s who” residential neighborhoods in Baltimore. Construction of its first houses began in the 1850s on the land of three former 18th-century estates named Rose Hill, Mount Royal, and Bolton. A century and a half later, Bolton Hill boasts an outstanding collection of restored 19th-century townhouses, mansions, churches, and public buildings. The neighborhood’s public fountains, verdant parks, stately monuments, and hundreds of beautiful residential gardens make Bolton Hill into Baltimore’s “Garden District”.
The pleasant tree-lined streets beckon leisurely walks amidst the grandeur of homes designed in every 19th-century architectural style from Gothic Revival to Queen Anne. A peek inside Brown Memorial Church will reveal a stunning collection of 12 huge Tiffany windows, making it one of the City’s most beautiful interiors. In addition to its place on the National Register of Historic Places, Bolton Hill was home to many luminaries in academia, the arts, and politics. Former residents include Woodrow Wilson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Waters, former presidents of Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College, a prominent Civil Rights leader, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalists, and the inventor of the linotype, which revolutionized printing. Two former Eutaw Place residents, Claribel and Etta Cone, amassed one of the world’s most important collections of Matisse, Picasso, and Gauguin, still on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
The current residents of Bolton Hill continue to restore and maintain the magnificent homes that line its family-friendly streets. The Bolton Hill Garden Club organizes biannual tours of the neighborhood’s most beautiful homes and gardens, and helps maintain the extensive public gardens that distinguish this neighborhood. With its charming residences, strong community organizations, and committed residents, Bolton Hill continues to be one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Baltimore.