Guilford (Images of America)
Guilford, which debuted in 1913 as a collaboration of the Roland Park Company and the acclaimed Olmsted Brothers, became a model for suburban developments nationally. Carved from the country estate of Baltimore Sun founder Arunah Shepherdson Abell, Guilford was a pastoral retreat for Baltimore's social elite. Its aesthetics combine that of an English country village with modern construction and design to coincide with the American mania for English architecture and town planning. The area has been generously endowed with English-style greens, squares, and signature Olmsted Brothers "places," creating one the country's most parklike developments. Part of a shining, new suburban Baltimore, the prominent neighborhood was developed concurrently with Wyman Park, Johns Hopkins University, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Now a National Register Historic District, Guilford remains a showcase example of the American garden city movement.
This publications contains a well-researched introduction, 215 black and white photographs, and a helpful Index of Architects.
About Ann G. Giroux (Baltimore, Maryland Author)
Formerly an architectural and historical consultant for historic projects, Ann G. Giroux now spends her time researching, writing, and lecturing on the Roland Park Company.
The author has served on the Guilford Association Board of Managers and the Guilford Architectural Review Committee and now serves on the board of the Friends of Maryland's Olmsted Parks and Landscapes. The author is also a second-generation volunteer at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States.
When the author is not writing, she is photographing the gardens of the historic Roland Park Company District, including her own Guilford garden. Follow her writing and photography on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.