https://rolandparkplace.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/offset_380539.jpg 1365 2048 online https://rolandparkplace.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/logo-2021.png online2019-08-01 14:39:512019-08-01 15:35:57Senior Living In Roland Park: The First Garden Suburb
Roland Park, home to senior living community Roland Park Place, is located in north-central Baltimore, six miles from the Inner Harbor. This neighborhood is full of unique details, but arguably the most interesting of them all is that Roland Park was the first of its kind – a designed garden suburb. The brains behind this historical town were the Olmstead brothers, two brothers comprising an influential landscape architectural firm, along with landscape architect and planner George Kessler. It was important to this team of designers to lay out the suburb in a way that left the natural beauty of the area undisturbed. This meant developing plans around the challenging terrain, designing hills, valleys, forests and open space. By the 19th century, suburbs were an area where wealthy residents of city neighborhoods moved to. Roland Park was the catalyst for the Baltimore suburban movement. This landscape team paved the way for residential subdivisions to create deed restrictions to public areas, which are meant to preserve the historic landscape. These types of deeds later became a common tool used to maintain a high quality of design and standard of construction. Today, the suburban feel of the neighborhood is still very present in Roland Park. It’s now home to 11,000 residents and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Narrow, winding roads are lined by single-family houses with a wide range of architectural styles. The area still holds its park-like setting and old school charm, giving its residents a unique and tight-knit feel. Because this landscape was the first design of its kind, it’s taught in many university architecture classes. Today, students review how the Olmstead brothers and Kessler went about acquiring land, zoning, and determining the street layout. They dissect every aspect of the Roland Park project, from how drain pipes were selected to how the finished neighborhood was maintained.