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As Charles Street moves further north from downtown Baltimore, the topography and pace take a dramatic turn. The hustle and bustle of the city is replaced with a bucolic parkway lined with stately homes and grand institutions.

Things to See in Baltimore County

  • Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital (6501 N. Charles Street) — The hospital is a private institution that was founded in 1857 for the treatment of mental and nervous disorders. The hospital gatehouse along Charles Street is designed in a Victorian, French Gothic style. Built of stone quarried from the hospital grounds, the building was heavily whitewashed. In 1982, it was removed to reveal the natural grey colors of the stone.
  • Greenwood (Deford House) (6901 N. Charles Street) — The stately Georgian Revival was built by John Edward Deford in the 1910s. In 1922 Deford sold the house to the Greenwood School, Inc., which used it as an academy for girls until 1952. In 1962 it was sold to the current occupant, the Baltimore County Board of Education.
  • Ridge Mansion (1306 W. Joppa Road) — This mansion was built by George W. Abell, the son of the Baltimore Sun founder. Built of yellow brick, the building includes thirty rooms and wide porches. Extensive grounds, lawns, and trees surround it. The mansion was operated as the Ridge School, a county special education school, from 1955 until the 1990s. The property was sold to an individual in 2000 and it has recently been restored to its former elegance as a residence.
  • Lutherville — The northern terminus of the Charles Street Byway is a  traffic circle in Lutherville, Maryland. Lutherville is a quaint Victorian village founded in 1852 by Lutheran ministers. Today Lutherville is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. Gingerbread ornaments of the Victorian era mark many homes in the community.
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