What is this capital campaign for?
The campaign will restore nine acres of Druid Hill Park, rehabilitate the historic (1) Stone House and (2) carriage house on the site and build a (3) new, "green" building, named for Parks & People founder, Sally Michel, which will serve as the center for all of Parks & People's greening, recreational and educational programs.
- The Stone House will be used for educational programming, professional and community events and exhibit space.
- The carriage house will be a rough outdoor classroom space for workshops, plant and tree give-aways and tool storage.
- The Sally & Butch Michel Center for Parks & People will be a central place for people to discover, experience and develop a better understanding of the region’s natural and recreational resources including what they can do to play a positive role in the community.
Where is the project located?
The project is in Druid Hill Park at the corners of Liberty Heights Avenue, Reisterstown Road and Auchentoroly Terrace. The address is 2100 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21217.
The neighborhood, Greater Mondawmin, is also home to Coppin State University and Mondawmin Mall. Click here to view location on Google Maps.
What is happening on the site now?
This corner of Druid Hill Park was considered by the surrounding community to be a dangerous eyesore. When Parks & People’s team began clearing the site, the historic Superintendent’s House was not even visible from the street. Today, the gorgeous historic stone house is fully restored, construction is complete on the Sally and Butch Michel Center for Parks & People, and the site work is nearly completed.
What is the history of the site?
The Stone House is a charming piece of gothic stone architecture built in 1872 and designed by George Frederick, the same architect who designed Baltimore’s City Hall. A small carriage house on the site also dates to 1872. Originally the home of Druid Hill Park’s Superintendent and later the Superintendent of the Baltimore Zoo, much of the interior of the house was destroyed by two fires. Parks & People has rehabilitated the Superintendent’s House and stabilized the neighboring Carriage House in keeping with their historical character and in accordance with the Secretary of Interiors’ Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and LEED protocol.
Will the site be green?
Yes, in keeping with our mission, we felt that it was critical that the entire site be designed to the highest level of green building, LEED Platinum. The project will seek LEED Platinum certification upon completion and will demonstrate environmentally responsible features including a green roof, geothermal energy and permeable asphalt. Click here for a complete list of Green Features.
What will the grounds be like?
The 9-acre park is open to the public and available for community enjoyment. The landscaping plan is designed to re-establish the original views from the Superintendent’s House across to Druid Hill Park, bring back the pastoral “Olmsted” feeling of the property and provide a modern setting for outdoor classrooms, scientific investigations and events.
In the next phase of the project, Parks & People will develop the property as an outdoor laboratory space for natural resource management including storm water management and urban forestry demonstration areas. The grounds will also include walking paths and a model nature play space.