The Nitty Gritty on Bolton Hill

Special to SunSpot

North Avenue to the north, Eutaw Place to the west, Mount Royal Avenue to the east, Dolphin Street to the south.

Real estate:
The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its 19th century-style architecture. Some residents compare it to Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown and Boston's Beacon Hill. Most houses date back to the mid-1800s and stand out against the tree-lined streets with street-front facades. Some have real secret gardens

Scenic city streets: Part of the Beethoven Apartments was destroyed in a fire, but the section was fixed and the building still stands.(Photo by Rachael Golden, Special to SunSpot)

Bolton Hill Nursery School, Midtown Academy, Mount Royal Elementary and Middle School, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore Bible College and University of Baltimore.

Places of worship:
Bolton Street Synagogue, Brown Memorial Church, Memorial Episcopal Church, Corpus Christi Catholic Church and Strawbridge Memorial Church.

Just a step away:
As a part of Baltimore's cultural district, Bolton Hill sits in walking distance to some of Charm's City's well-known artistic jewels. The -- where the performs -- is located only a few minutes from the neighborhood. (stage to the ), and the are also nearby.

Gotta have faith: The Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church is just one of the many beautiful places of worship in Bolton Hill.(Photo by Rachael Golden, Special to SunSpot)

Best place to get a parking ticket:
Practically anywhere. It is illegal to park on most Bolton Hill streets between 7 a.m. and midnight on weekdays without a parking permit. Parking permits cost $20 for a car decal, and $5 for up to two visitors' passes.

Claim to fame:
From ex-patriots to United States presidents, Bolton Hill has served as second home to a diverse breed of movers and shakers. "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald, former "14 points" president Woodrow Wilson, Johns Hopkins' first president, Daniel Coit Gilman, and department store owners Thomas O'Neill and David Hutzler all lived there. Wilson was nominated for the presidency at the Democratic Convention of 1912, held in Bolton Hill.

Plaque-worthy: This was Woodrow Wilson's home when he lived in Baltimore as a Hopkins student.(Photo by Rachael Golden, Special to SunSpot)

Look it up:
Read about Bolton Hill through the eyes of homegrown and visiting authors. "Bolton Hill" (Frank Shivers), "Walking in Baltimore" (Frank Shivers), "A Guide to Baltimore Architecture" (John Dorsey and James Dilts), "Beyond the White Marble Steps" (Livelier Baltimore Committee of the Citizens Planning & Housing Association), "The Baltimore Rowhouse" (Mary Ellen Hayward and Charles Belfoure).

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