Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory

The Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory was established in 1888 as the "Druid Hill Conservatory" on the grounds of Druid Hill Park (established in 1860). It was more commonly known as the "Baltimore Conservatory". The park is located on nearly 750 acres in Baltimore City. As a child, I remember going there often since we lived only a few miles away at the time. During those adolescent times I had no interest in architecture but was always excited to visit the nearby world-renowned zoo. But that's a story for a future post. :-)

Today, we take a look at this historic site's exterior and the Victorian architectural styling replete with gridded wood-framed windows and arches.  The building was designed by German-American Architect George A. Frederick, who also designed Baltimore's City Hall.

Howard Perter Rawlings Conservatory
Howard Perter Rawlings Conservatory

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In it's 125th year, I would venture to say that it is now as beautiful as it has ever been. While the surrounding grounds have changed (there were once tennis courts to the left) this iconic building stands in all of  it's 19th century grace.

As you peer through the magnificent windows of the Palm House, you can see the tremendously large palms inside. We will share some inside photographs in future posts but needless to say, this is a place of natural beauty with it's botanical gardens and climate-controlled greenhouses.

Below is a closer view of one of the building's side entrances.

Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory - Side Entrance
Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory - Side Entrance

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This conservatory underwent a major renovation in 2002 and was renamed in late 2004 or early 2005 for Howard "Pete" Rawlings, a longtime Baltimore Delegate and legislator who served his constituency well as a champion for education and other causes. This gentleman was highly respected and I remember him well.

A part of him continues to legislate in Baltimore, as his Daughter, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the current Mayor of the city.

Until next time, thanks so much for visiting!

I am off to the shores of Delaware so have a great weekend. ;-)

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM