City and State: Baltimore, Maryland
Listed: 1967 (boundaries extended in 1999) – Baltimore City Ordinance
Listed: 1971 – National Register
Type of district: Baltimore City Historic District, National Register Historic District
Major Intersection: Bolton and Lanvale Streets
Bolton Hill is a residential neighborhood with 20 blocks of relatively untouched structures dating from the second half of the 19th century. The area developed as part of the northward movement of Baltimore’s residential neighborhoods from the port. Originally farmland, Bolton Hill flourished with the opening of a street car line that connected Bolton Hill with the center of Baltimore. This allowed residents to commute easily to the business district.
Bolton Hill is comprised of large, solidly constructed homes that reflected the well-to-do status of its original residents, most of whom were from Baltimore’s business and professional classes. Intended to resemble the residential neighborhoods of London, Bolton Hill is comprised of continuous blocks of similar-yet-dignified row houses with tree-shaded streets and squares featuring monuments. Among the more famous residents of Bolton Hill was F. Scott Fitzgerald, who lived in the community for a brief time in the 1930s.