Designs on Victory: Olmsted-inspired Garden City Plans for Historic Dundalk

Meeting Place
Dundalk Renaissance, 11 Center Place Dundalk, MD 21222

Sunday, October 24, 2021 11:00 am


Sunday, October 24, 2021 1:00 pm

About the Event

Suggested Donation: $10

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) presents a Doors Open Baltimore tour of historic Dundalk led by Amy Menzer. This special program is co-hosted by the Maryland Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks & Landscapes (FMOPL) as part of Olmsted 200 celebration of the Bicentennial of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr’s birth.

The Bethlehem Steel Mill at Sparrows Point launched an effort to create a Garden City-style town in 1917 just before the US entered WWI. At the same time, the Federal Government began housing production for war workers. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. (FLO Jr.) headed the Town Planning division of the new United States Housing Corporation. Several colleagues in the nascent profession of city planning who had worked with FLO Jr. on Roland Park and Forest Hills Gardens were all directly involved in designing Dundalk, including Baltimore architect Edward Palmer, Roland Park Company leader Edward Bouton, and architects Grosvenor Atterbury and Charles Wellford Leavitt. Their plans were inspired by their designs for more affluent areas, including curvilinear streets, separation of uses, green spaces, and restrictive covenants. We will explore how these plans created a new community for workers and managers, but was segregated by race.

Tour Guide

Amy E. Menzer is executive director of Dundalk Renaissance, a 20 year-old non-profit community development organization, and is deeply interested in planning history and neighborhood change. She also serves as a Board member of the Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks and Landscapes. She previously worked for Citizens Planning and Housing Association on housing and transportation advocacy, and has served as President of the Community Development Network of Maryland, NeighborSpace Baltimore County, the Patterson Park Neighborhood Association, and the Transit Riders League of Metropolitan Baltimore. She holds a Ph.D in Human Geography from Johns Hopkins University.

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Photo: Admiral Boulevard when first built.