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

  • Doors Open Baltimore Mansion Tour

    10/28/2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    2701 St Lo Dr, Baltimore, MD 21213, USA

    On Saturday, October 28th, Clifton Mansion will be participating in Doors Open Baltimore. From 10am-4pm, enjoy semi-guided tours of the mansion and learn about current restoration efforts.

    Discover an expansive view of Baltimore from the 80-foot tower, climb the black walnut grand staircase and catch a glimpse of the restoration of the tower entrance hall’s mural and ornate wood and plaster decor. Park on the loop-road that surrounds the mansion. Enter by the brownstone stairs to the glass lobby.

    More information on the Doors Open Baltimore website:

  • JHU office meeting & tour Neil McCabe and Luise Lampe

    11/15/2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Clifton Mansion Tower Lighting

    12/12/2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    2701 St Lo Dr, Baltimore, MD 21213, USA

    Civic Works is holding our annual Tower Lighting event at our historic headquarters, Clifton Mansion. Join us as we honor our Volunteers of the Year for their dedication to Baltimore's communities. The award ceremony will be followed by a reception with food and drinks and of course, the lighting of Clifton Mansion's 80 foot tower! Don't miss this opportunity to tour one of Baltimore's great historic landmarks.


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