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Timeline of Bolton Hill, MD: From Past to Present

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This article is sponsored by the worker's compensation attorneys of Bolton Hill from the Maryland Injury Guys. We encourage you to dive deep into the history of Bolton Hill and learn about this fascinating community.

History of Bolton Hill

Bolton Hill is a neighborhood in the Central District of Baltimore, Maryland. Largely consisted of residential properties, it has 20 blocks of mostly preserved buildings dating back to the late 1800s and three-story rowhouses with white marble steps, red bricks and high ceilings. The neighborhood is bounded by North Ave., Mount Royal Ave., Cathedral St., Dolphin St., and Eutaw Pl. Currently, it is included within the boundaries of Baltimore National Heritage Area, preserved as a Baltimore City Historic District, and listed o the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Bolton Hill was founded by George Grundy and settled in 1850. The neighborhood was named after Grundy's estate – which he named after Bolton le Moors, a large civil and ecclesiastical parish in England. In 1850, after the closure of Bolton Station and the opening of Calvert Street Station, the area started transitioning from a large estate into traditional Baltimore row houses. These homes were built along a diagonal street grid constructed by Thomas Poppleton.

Unlike other neighborhoods in Baltimore that had restrictions against African Americans, Jews and Asians, Bolton Hill was a diverse neighborhood. Many African American servants of the wealthy residents in Bolton Hill lived in alley houses of the area. By the end of the 1800s, the German Jewish community in Baltimore had moved into the neighborhood. In 1892, the Temple Oheb Shalom built the Eutaw Place Temple on Eutaw Pl. Two years later, the Har Sinai Congregation also built a large temple on Bolton St.

As the African American community also expanded during that time, white residents began to fear living in Bolton Hill. This eventually led to white flight at the beginning of the 1900s. In 1928, the Mount Royal Improvement Association (MRIA) was established to push for covenants against the residency of African Americans in the area. However, by the 1950s, many of the residents in Bolton Hill has moved to the suburbs to live in modern homes with yards.

With people vacating the area, federal renewal funds were used in the early 1960s to demolish slum houses on the western edge of the neighborhood and build large new developments in their place. In 1967, the neighborhood became a Baltimore City historic district. In 1971, it was placed on the NRHP. As of 2018, the MRIA has changed its name to the Bolton Hill Community Association to be more representative of its diverse community and disconnect from its origin in racial segregation.

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Maryland Institute College of Art

The Maryland Institute College of Art's main building is located within the neighborhood of Bolton Hill. As a premier leader in design and art education, it is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of design and art in the U.S. The college has produced many nationally and internationally recognized professional artists and designers. Founded in 1826, it offers top-ranked fine arts, art education, design, electronic media, liberal arts, and professional studies degrees and non-credit programs. The college currently enrolls around 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and open studies students from 49 states and 52 countries.


Situated all over Bolton Hill, many parks cater to residents living in the area. These parks are:

  • Eutaw Place Median Park
  • Arnold Sumpter Park
  • Maple Leaf Park
  • Park Avenue Median Park
  • Fitzgerald Park
  • Douglas R. Morrison Park
  • Rutter's Mill Park
  • Congressional Medial of Honor Park
  • Contee Parago Traffic Island

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Aaron Blank Esq
Date Published: May 31, 2021
Aaron Blank is a patient safety advocate who holds the healthcare system responsible when it fails. He keeps businesses accountable if they choose profits over the safety of the community, and he ensures car insurance companies pay their fair share for the harm that reckless drivers cause. Aaron and his proficient legal team bring an approach based on dedication, guidance, and compassion through the difficult process of pursuing serious injury claims. He has dedicated his career to fighting for injury victims to recover losses from medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, or the loss of a loved one.
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