Baltimore Conservatory – Druid Hill Park

Baltimore, Maryland

Increasing the public enjoyment and educational potential of a historic Palm House

Baltimore, Maryland

Completion Date

2,400 SF

Project Type
Restoration, Renovation, Botanic Conservatory

Professional Credits
Waldon Studio Architects

The Baltimore Conservatory in Druid Hill Park, a type of structure known as a “Palm House,” was designed by local architect George Frederick and built during the 1800s. Restoration and redevelopment of the complex was spearheaded by the Baltimore Conservatory Association and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. The goal was to increase public access, promote enjoyment, and develop the educational potential of this landmark facility.

The team oversaw the design and construction of two new 1,200-square-foot display and reception pavilions to the north and south of the original Palm House for seasonal plant displays and meeting spaces, as well as gift and ticket areas. In addition, the Palm House and Orchid House interiors and plantings were enhanced, the existing propagation houses were converted into three educational display greenhouses, and ADA-compliant access was provided to all of the Houses.

Katherine Good, APT, CSI

Senior Project Manager, Historic Preservation Practice Leader
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