Bolton Hill, Baltimore

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Coordinates: 39°18.5′N 76°37.5′W / 39.3083°N 76.6250°W / 39.3083; -76.6250

Bolton Hill Historic District
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Location Baltimore, Maryland
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Late Victorian, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 71001031[1]
Added to NRHP September 17, 1971

Bolton Hill is a neighborhood in midtown Baltimore, Maryland, about 1.5 miles north of Baltimore's popular Inner Harbor. The neighborhood is a remarkably intact late 19th century district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an urban neighborhood of tranquil, tree-lined streets lined with an outstanding collection of restored mid to late 19th century three-story and four-story townhouses, urban mansions, churches and public buildings. Among the most notable of these is the historic Eutaw Place Temple built by Temple Oheb Shalom and now home to the Prince Hall Masons. The majority of the homes are single-family residences, but some have been divided into multi-family rental apartments or condominiums. Rental units are largely occupied by young professionals and area college and university students, usually from the Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Baltimore. Bolton Hill is peppered with quaint urban parks, historic fountains, and grand monuments that complement the period architecture. There are also several award winning modern townhome enclaves tucked away amidst the historic homes. Most homes contain plots of exterior space set out as hidden retreats or formal gardens that combine with the elegant buildings to make Bolton Hill an urban retreat in the city. In addition to the physical structure, Bolton Hill has a fascinating mix of residents of all age groups, races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles, making it one of the most diverse and accepting neighborhoods in Baltimore.

Bolton Hill is within easy walking distance of the State Center station on the Baltimore Metro Subway and the University of Baltimore/Mt. Royal and Cultural Center stations on the Baltimore Light Rail.

Bolton Hill is included within the boundaries of Baltimore National Heritage Area.[2]


As of the 2010 Census, there were 4,974 people residing within the Bolton Hill neighborhood boundaries. The racial makeup of Bolton Hill, as found in the 2010 census, was 56.4% White, 31.8% African American, 7.3% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 1.1% Other Races, and 3.2% Two or more Races. 65.8% of housing units were renter-occupied, 24% were owner occupied, and 10.2% were vacant, as of 2010.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

Julian Lapides- former member, Maryland State Senate

Thomas Ward - retired Judge in Baltimore City

F. Scott Fitzgerald - Famed Modern writer.

Edith Hamilton - Classicist author, first Headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School.

Alice Hamilton - Harvard's first female professor.

Woodrow Wilson - President of Princeton University, Governor of New Jersey, President of the United States.

Charles Marshall - Chief of Staff to General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.

Florence Rena Sabin - First woman full professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

James M. Cain - Author of The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Leon Fleisher - pianist and conductor.

Harry Gilmor - Confederate cavalry officer.

Karl Shapiro - Pulitzer Prize poet.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Baltimore National Heritage Area Map". City of Baltimore. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ 2010 Census Interactive Population Map. "2010 US Census". Retrieved April 28, 2013. 

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