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Evergreen Museum & Library, Baltimore

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Evergreen Museum & Library, also known as Evergreen House, is a historical museum of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. It is located between the campuses of the College of Notre Dame and Loyola College. It, along with Homewood Museum, make up the Johns Hopkins University Museums.HistoryThe mansion was built in the mid-19th century and bought in 1878 by the president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, John W. Garrett. Railroads were then a key industry in the United States and, as Baltimore's Garrett family owned and managed one of the biggest rail companies, the home grew and became both luxurious and famous. John Garrett's son T. Harrison added a wing containing a billiard room, bowling alley, and a gymnasium, which in later years were converted into an art gallery and private theater. Evergreen House served as a home for the family until 1952, when it was donated to the university.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.ArchitectureThe house, a magnificent example of Gilded Age architecture, sits on a landscaped site in Northern Baltimore and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The initial design was a more modest Italianate house but, with the Garretts, it became a 48-room mansion with a 23-karat gold plated bathroom, a 30,000-book library, and a theatre painted by famous Russian artist Léon Bakst. The abundant decorative items in the house reflect the Garretts' travels and interests, including a red Asian room displaying Japanese and Chinese items, paintings by Picasso, Modigliani, and Degas, glass by Tiffany or Dutch marquetry.
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  • Can only add some more outdoor photos they don't allow indoor anymore. Was checking this out along with other places in Baltimore I had no interest in my youth. This is Victorian mansion and was a pro...  more »
  • We saw this advertised in the triple A travel book and we love old mansions like this from that era of Grand Places like Biltmore in Asheville, TN. We were not disappointed. This is a great place to t...  more »
  • It was my first visit so I had no expectations. I was amazed how dig it was. The house is beautiful and give you a good picture of the lives of the people who inhabited it.  more »
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  • We held our wedding ceremony and reception here, so artistic, rustic, elegant and romantic. Truly a hidden gem in Baltimore
  • Evergreen House is one of the finest house museums I have ever visited. Its architecture, interior design, furniture, and its decorative arts and rare books collections are fantastic. Every room is a sensory delight. And even though guided tours are more than an hour in length, you'll want to come back over and again because there's so much to see and enjoy.
  • Having lived in Baltimore many years, I can not believe that I had never visited the Evergreen House . This beautifully and eclectically furnished former home of the Garrett family , houses incredible Tiffany light fixtures and vases, and artwork by Picasso, Modigliani, Vuillard and Dufy. It also features an extensive library, Art Nouveau and Gilded Age furnishings, a very unique home theater and rotating temporary art exhibitions . You can only visit and walk around as part of a docent led tour . Call or contact the Museum ahead of time to schedule your visit. Art , furniture or history buffs will not be disappointed.
  • Beautiful lawn/meadow area. Attended an outside production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and the setting was beautiful! Parking is great and there were a few events going on at the same time. Great for a mini-day trip in the Baltimore Metropolitan area!
  • Looking forward to my daughter's wedding to take place here next summer.

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