The Devon Hill Community and Its Olmsted Gardens

Meeting Place
Devon Hill Community in Baltimore County 3 Devon Hill Road Baltimore, MD 21210

Sunday, October 2, 2022 1:30 pm


Sunday, October 2, 2022 3:00 pm

About the Event

Explore the Devon Hill community, located just off Lake Avenue and sited on land formerly occupied by Windy Gales and its Olmsted gardens.

About this event

The Windy Gates country estate of the Jenkins family from 1882 to 1981 was the centerpiece of a much larger property that in its heyday, lolled down the rolling hills stretching along Lake Avenue from Roland Avenue to Falls Road. From 1902 through 1906, the Olmsted Brothers were employed to do extensive landscaping design for the property, producing a detailed plan for the estate and specifications for approximately 150 different planting beds.

** This tour is unable to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility impairments.

When the Azola Company redeveloped the site forty years ago into the Devon Hill Residential Community, they saved the historic mansion, carriage house, and barns to convert them into condominium units and residential homes and added additional residential buildings in keeping with the scale and historic character of the site. The Olmsted landscaping were saved and are still maintained today.

Join Mr. Thom Rinker, a past Devon Hill resident and author of a recently published book about Windy Gates and Devon Hill, and Mr. Marty Azola, who led the development of Devon Hill and the preservation of its history, to learn about this unique place in a tour of both the site and one of the condominiums in the historic mansion.

This special program is hosted in partnership with the Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks & Landscapes (FMOPL) as part of their Olmsted 200 programming, a nationwide celebration of the firm’s work and influence, on the Bicentennial Anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth.

Tour will take place rain or shine, except in the event of severe weather!

In Response to COVID-19 we are:

We are following Baltimore City Guidelines, wearing a mask is at your discretion, and at the moment not enforced. If Baltimore City health guidelines change, so will our stance.