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. Now care of the Mansion is stewarded through Civic Works, with large scale restoration work being conducted by the Friends of Clifton Mansion.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more about becoming a volunteer at Clifton.
Make your special event all the more exciting by having it at the historic Clifton Mansion! Rent Clifton for your wedding, family reunion, corporate event, or other special occasion, and support Civic Works’ stewardship of this historic structure. For more information, contact Jayna Powell at email@example.com.
Maryland Home and Garden Pilgrimage Tour
05/11/2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
View Baltimore’s mid-city landscape and landmarks of history, homes, culture and religion from atop the Clifton Mansion Tower.
Anchored by Clifton, Johns Hopkins’ summer estate and Homewood Museum on the JHU Campus, Baltimore’s 2019 Pilgrimage Tour on Saturday, May 11th has strung charms on the emerald necklace in the mid-city. Enjoy the styles and details of three fascinating private homes and gardens in the Charles Village, Oakenshawe and Mayfield neighborhoods. Stroll in Mother’s Garden in Clifton Park. Savor the starry dome in historic Lovely Lane United Methodist Church designed by Stanford White and delight in Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts.
Tickets are now on sale at http://mhgp.org/tickets. $35 in advance; $40 at tour. Get a $30 Tour Bell ticket by contacting Susan Brooks, Clifton Legacy volunteer and MHGP Tour Committee member for more information.
Bus transportation available. Baltimore City tour proceeds benefit The Village Learning Place.