Guilford Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Many civic boosters claim their own neighborhoods as Baltimore’s prettiest. With so many varied neighborhoods in the city, what constitutes the most attractive is difficult to quantify. But one thing seems undisputed: Guilford, if not Baltimore’s prettiest neighborhood, is certainly one of its toniest. And it has been for 100 years now, earning itself a designation on the National Register of Historic Places. Walking through this enclave is a delightful experience because what you see isn’t vanity and ostentation—it’s quality. The homes are of solid and thoughtful construction, with no shortcuts taken in creating magnificent edifices of stone, brick, and stucco. Some of Baltimore’s most prominent 19th- and early 20th-century architects designed many of these Guilford homes: Laurence Hall Fowler, W. D. Lamdin, Edward L. Palmer, John Russell Pope, and Bayard Turnbull among them. The architecture reflects mostly European revival styles, such as Italianate, Tudor, and Renaissance. Throw in the gorgeous and public Sherwood Gardens, with its 80,000 tulip bulbs, and Guilford gets my vote for prettiest."