Bolton Hill Community Association


Bolton Hill, referred to as Mount Royal until the 1970’s, is one of Baltimore’s most handsome and best-maintained downtown neighborhoods. Bounded on the north by North Avenue, on the south by Dolphin Street, on the east by Mount Royal Avenue, and on the west by Eutaw Place, it is significant for its large collection of fine late 19th century architecture, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Neighborhoods on September 17, 1971.

Bolton Hill retains a strong Victorian era character with its blocks of three and four story traditional row houses in brick, brownstone, marble, and granite, and its rich collection of late 19th and early 20th century churches, synagogues, schools, and public buildings. Indeed, some of the largest and most ornate mansion houses ever built in Baltimore are within our neighborhood boundaries.

Whether with flat or bow fronts, windows that are ornamented or plain, steps of white marble or brownstone, and cornices of wood, metal, or masonry, the unique and historic homes of Bolton Hill have been home to some of Baltimore’s most prominent and famous citizens. Today, the neighborhood is home to a strong, active, and diverse yet cohesive group of residents of all ages.

Bolton Hill is a Baltimore City Historic District and became listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. With these honors comes responsibility to properly maintain and care for this irreplaceable collection of architecture. Most Bolton Hill residents have a strong sense of stewardship toward their houses, caring for and extending the life of structures that have stood for as many as 170 years, and will likely stand for hundreds more.

All exterior changes to a Bolton Hill house or other structure, no matter how minor, must comply with the Baltimore City Commission for Architectural Preservation (CHAP) regulations.

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