Guilford neighborhood marks 100th anniversary
Historic and tony Baltimore enclave dates to 1913
On sparkling spring days, Ann Goldman Giroux enjoys tending her garden, planting vegetables and nurturing the lush roses and rare azaleas that adorn her family's home in Guilford.
Giroux, who typically plants 800 white tulips along the front walkway and another 2,000 flowers in the backyard, wants the landscaping to look extra-special this year as the North Baltimore neighborhood, marks its 100th anniversary in May.
"I am very nearly a lifetime resident of Guilford," says Giroux, a community association board member and chairperson of its centennial committee. "My parents purchased a house back in 1975 when I was a year old."
Today, Giroux and her husband, David, a portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price, are raising their two young daughters in a brick Classical Revival-style house purchased in 2005.
The eight-bedroom mansion, set on nearly an acre, is known to local residents as the former home of the late Edward Johnston, nicknamed "The Bird Man of Guilford," for his exotic bird menagerie.
The property is among some 800 houses in a variety of sizes and architectural styles — from tile-roofed Italianate manses to half-timbered Tudor duplexes — that comprise this historic enclave started by the Roland Park Co. in May 1913.
Since that time, Guilford has been considered one of the city's most prestigious neighborhoods. It's on the National Register of Historic Places and has an unusual place in Baltimore's evolution.