This is what is left of the house built for the Superintendent of Druid Hill Park. It stands in a triangle of land cut off from the rest of the park and surrounded by boulevards with heavy traffic, which restricts pedestrian access.
The house was designed by George Aloysius Frederick, who also designed the Baltimore City Hall. The house burned more than once, but now the Parks and People Foundation, the local group promoting city parks, plans to restore this building as its headquarters, scaling back a more ambitious proposal deemed impractical in the current economy.
This photo was taken in color, but I adjusted it to a tone called Sepia Terra using a program called DxO Optics Pro. The tone seemed more suitable to the haunted house feeling the site gives off.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the city has approved its share of the $12 million project to restore the building as the headquarters of the Parks and People Foundation.
The architecture and engineering firm STV Inc. has a site plan for the restoration project. The proposed project includes the historic restoration of the two structures, a major addition to the residence, a storage barn, driveways, parking areas, pedestrian paths, streetscape improvements, demonstration gardens and exterior terraces. The Foundation is pursuing LEED Platinum certification for the project.
If the site plan is no longer posted, there is also a project sheet (PDF) that might still be available.
Avagara is correct, this was designed by George A Frederick, architect of many of Baltimore's historically signficant buildings. For a catalog of his works, visit georgeafrederick.com.
I drove past the other day and noticed that the reconstruction project has begun.
I'm trying to find out more information about a former Baltimore City Parks Superintendant George Keen(e). He was superintendant around 1955.
Can you help?
I should also state that he lived in this home while serving as superintendant....
I would try to contact the Friends of Druid Hill Park.
Thank you so much for this information. I've been in this neighborhood my entire life and no one could tell me why that home was there. Now I know and can pass the information on to others :)
To CageyK. George A. Keen was Superintendent of the Druid Hill District from 1946 until he retired in 1964. He lived in the stone house from August 1946 to January 1964. Do you have a picture of George A. Keen?
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Photo taken in Liberty Square, Baltimore, MD 21215, USA
Misplaced? Suggest new location