As Charles Street moves north, it enters the affluent North Baltimore neighborhoods of Tuscany-Canterbury and Guilford. Among these stately homes, one of the most remarkable is the Evergreen House Museum and Library, originally the estate of Baltimore’s Garrett family. Also located in the area are some of Baltimore’s leading private preparatory schools as well as colleges, such as Loyola University and the Notre Dame University of Maryland. However, the greatest landmark appears as Charles Street passes from city into county. The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, completed in 1959, is considered the last major Roman Catholic cathedral to be constructed in the United States.
Things to See in Tuscany-Canterbury and Guilford
- Sherwood Gardens (200 Block of Stratford Road) — Sherwood Gardens is a seven-and-a-half-acre community garden located in the center of the Guilford neighborhood. The gardens have gained fame for their beauty in late April and early May, when 75,000 tulips erupt in full bloom.
- Evergreen House Museum and Library (4545 N. Charles Street) — Nestled among mature trees on 26 acres of land, Evergreen House is an imposing 48-room Italianate masterpiece. The house was built in 1857 by the Broadbent family and purchased 20 years later by railroad tycoon John Work Garrett, the president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Evergreen was bequeathed to the Johns Hopkins University with the stipulation that Evergreen remain open to “lovers of art, music, and beautiful things.” Today, Evergreen showcases more than 50,000 objects assembled by the Garrett family, ranging from 16th-century atlases to an outstanding collection of Japanese netsuke (miniature sculptures). The house and the grounds are open to the public for tours.
- Loyola University (4501 N. Charles Street) —Founded in 1852 by nine Jesuits, Loyola is the first college in the United States to bear the name of St. Ignatius Loyola and is the ninth oldest of nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities. The school’s first “campus” was a small house on Holliday Street in Downtown Baltimore. After then spending a few years in Mount Vernon, Loyola moved to their current campus in 1922.
- Notre Dame University of Maryland (4701 N. Charles Street) — The view of Gibbons Hall, with its wonderfully romantic Victorian tower one can see from Charles Street through the carefully tended woods, entices you into the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University. The School Sisters of Notre Dame founded the college in 1873. It is a four-year independent liberal arts college in the Catholic tradition primarily for women, but open to men as well. Notre Dame was the first Catholic college for women in the United States to award the four-year baccalaureate degree.