Baltimore Building of the Week: Mount Clare Mansion

For our 50th anniversary year, Baltimore Heritage is posting a new image each week featuring one of Baltimore’s historic buildings and the story of how preservation took part in Baltimore history. Our images and captions for this series are provided by Dr. John Breihan, a professor of history and preservation at Loyola University and a vice-president for Baltimore Heritage. The very first image of the year is of the 1763 Mount Clare Museum House,

Mount Clare Mansion, image courtesy Jack Breihan, 2009

Probably the oldest structure standing in Baltimore City is the Mount Clare Mansion in Carroll Park. A perfect five-part Georgian Palladian plantation house, Mount Clare was built about 1760. It was saved by the Colonial Dames of America, who operate it as a house museum.

  • Bill Pfingsten

    Mount Clare is listed in the Historic Marker database. Here is a link to one of the listings. The database contains 293 Baltimore City markers, many with photos of historic homes and buildings. The Mother Seton House and St. Mary’s Seminary Chapel are also published. My wife and I were given a Baltimore Heritage membership as a Christmas gift and look forward to your field trips.

    • Judy Floam

      What a great gift idea for the right person! I’m sure you’ll love the trips you go on.

    • Jane Woltereck

      What a terrific idea! And thank you for selecting Mount Clare – it is truly a treasure in Baltimore and one of Baltimore’s best kept secrets! 2010 is its 250th anniversary! Visit or go to the web
      Minutes from the Inner Harbor, Centuries away!

  • Susan Talbott

    What a great idea to feature one house or building each week. I look forward to learning more about historic sites in Baltimore and I’m sure others will too.

    Sue Talbott

  • Eli

    Thank you for the link and welcome to Baltimore Heritage, Bill. We’ll be posting updates about our Behind the Scenes tours regularly and we hope that if you like taking photos you might be interested in contributing to our new Baltimore Heritage Flickr group. I hope we can meet in person sometime soon!

  • Avagara

    Pictures from Baltimore, many of buildings with a history:

    • Guzman

      Four years on, I thank you for sharing the link and your talent. I used to live very close to Carroll Park and the old Montgomery Ward building. Used to play in the park just about every day back in the late ’50’s and through the ’60’s. Thanks once again.

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  • Gini Patterson

    NSCDA is delighted that you have selected our dearly loved Mount Clare as your Building of the week! Come and help us celebrate our 250th anniversary!

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