City Planning and Landscape Architecture in Baltimore: The City Beautiful Contributions of Carrère & Hastings

March 23 @ 5:30 pm7:30 pm

Location: The Engineer’s Club of Baltimore, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place


Presented by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy

Introductory remarks by Therese O’Malley, co-editor of Modernism and Landscape Architecture, 1890-1940

In the openings years of the 20th century landscape and civic planning decisions became the purview of trained architects, who instead of merely designing a single building, were asked to plan entire city ensembles. This “City Beautiful” approach shaped city planning decisions in many American cities, including Baltimore, where the New York firm of Carrère & Hastings played an active role in the first two decades of the century. Their work took the form of lectures, city plans, and designs which shaped important public downtown spaces such as War Memorial Plaza, Preston Gardens, and Mount Vernon Place.

About the Speakers

Lance Humphries received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where his dissertation explored the art and architectural patronage of Baltimorean Robert Gilmor, Jr. In his role as the president of the Board of Managers of the Washington Monument, Gilmor led the Monument’s construction for three decades. Humphries is a founding board member of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, and recently, as chair of the Conservancy’s restoration committee, led the Monument’s restoration.

Therese O’Malley is the Associate Dean at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Her recent publications include Modernism and Landscape Architecture, 1890-1940, co-edited with Joachim Wolschke Buhlmann (National Gallery of Art, 2015), Keywords in American Landscape Design (Yale University Press, 2010), and The Art of Natural History, co-edited with Amy W. Meyers (National Gallery of Art, 2008). Dr. O’Malley is a founding board member of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, and board member of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. She is currently engaged in creating a digital archives based on Keywords in American landscape Design for the National Gallery website.

A special thank you to The Engineer’s Club for hosting us!

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Image: Carrère & Hastings, Mount Vernon Place, south square, Lafayette statue, 1917. “American Architect”, January 16, 1918.