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Bolton Hill

, 228 pages
May 2010



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Bolton Hill

Classic Baltimore Neighborhood

Blue Plaque Edition

Originally published in 1978, this revised and expanded profile captures in vivid detail the unique style of one of Baltimore’s oldest neighborhoods.

Local historian Frank Remer Shivers, Jr., has lived in Bolton Hill since 1951. Weaving fond recollections, character sketches, and family histories with literary excerpts, newspaper references, and maps and illustrations, Shivers captures the pride Bolton Hillers take in their quirky part of town.

Shivers writes about the churches that distinguish the community and the private schools—Bryn Mawr, Friends, and Boys Latin—that once graced it. He remembers some of Bolton Hill’s most interesting residents—a graduate student named Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the silent-film star Francis X. Bushman, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the Cone sisters, and the young television personality Gary Moore among them. He recounts mid- to late-20th-century efforts to preserve the neighborhood and its special character, a movement that sometimes failed, but ultimately led to new architecture that blends comfortably with the essentially nineteenth-century flavor of the area.

Winner of the Baltimore City Historical Society 2003 History Honor, Frank Remer Shivers, Jr., has taught in adult education programs at the Johns Hopkins University, where he was named "Teacher of the Year." He is coauthor of The Architecture of Baltimore: An Illustrated History and author of Maryland Wits & Baltimore Bards: A Literary History with Notes on Washington Writers and Walking in Baltimore: An Intimate Guide to the Old City, all published by Johns Hopkins .

"Written in a delightfully chatty and gossipy style, which lets us outlanders in on what life, then and now, is like on Bolton Hill."

"Frank Remer Shivers, Jr. paints a rich portrait of one of Baltimore's first suburbs."