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. 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 You can also learn more about becoming a volunteer at Clifton.

  • A Day at Clifton

Rent 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 John Ciekot at

Upcoming Mansion Events

  • Mural Work & Decorative Art at Clifton and Beyond!

    06/16/2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    2701 St Lo Dr, Baltimore, MD 21213, USA

    In 1851, Johns Hopkins commissioned a mural depicting a ‘View of the Bay of Naples’ to great his guests and utilized other unique painted decoration throughout his county residence, Clifton Mansion in northeast Baltimore.

    Join Edward Heimiller, Curator of The Stephen J. Ponzillo, Jr. Memorial Library & Museum, as he discusses sources and trends related to the recently uncovered murals at Clifton and other notable Baltimore residences such as the Wyman Villa, formerly located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, and 5 West Mt. Vernon Place, home of William T. Walters and his son Henry Walters, founders of the Walters Art Museum.

    Please RSVP to and pay $5 at the door.