The Clifton Mansion

Clifton Mansion serves as the headquarters for Civic Works’ community service programs and as an important resource for the neighborhoods surrounding Clifton Park. For over 200 years, Clifton Mansion has anchored the Clifton Park communities.


The Clifton Mansion was originally built in 1802 as a Georgian style stone mansion, by Baltimore merchant Henry Thompson, who served as Captain of the First Baltimore Horse Artillery in the War of 1812. The building was later purchased by famed philanthropist Johns Hopkins, who transformed the mansion into a Victorian era Italian villa that served as his summer estate.

Clifton Mansion features an eighty-foot tower with a commanding view of Baltimore, an extensive porch arcade (row of arches) which wraps around three sides of the building. The entrance hall featuring a black walnut grand staircase, marble floor, intricate plasterwork, and ornate hand painted ceilings and walls, featuring a mural of the Bay of Naples.

The City of Baltimore purchased Clifton Mansion and its grounds in 1895 from Johns Hopkins University. It has been put to many uses ever since, including a headquarters for the Department of Recreation and Parks, and the clubhouse for the golf course. Although the Clifton Mansion fell into considerable disrepair during its years of transition, the building is being carefully restored by Civic Works and the Friends of Clifton Mansion. Renovation of the mansion will ensure the future of this Baltimore landmark and will also enhance the capacity of Civic Works’ programs.

Learn more about a unique Baltimore historic landmark! Contact John Ciekot (410-366-8533) or

  • A Day at Clifton

Upcoming Mansion Events

  • pARTy in the Park Plein Air Painting

    04/28/2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Join us April 28th for plein air painting at Clifton, featuring artists painting scenes of the Park and the Mansion! Take part in a tour up the 80 foot tower and view our historic mural restoration, and then enjoy a reception and wet canvas sale of artwork produced by local artists.

    Pay $25 at the door and support our stewardship of the historic Clifton Mansion, including tours and mansion maintenance. For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact


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