The historic Cylburn Carriage House is again coming to life as the new Cylburn Arboretum Nature Education Center.
The arboretum began as the private estate of businessman Jesse Tyson. The house, designed by Baltimore City Hall architect George Aloysius Frederick, was eventually completed in 1888 and remains intact. It became the Cylburn Wildflower Preserve and Garden Center in 1954 and, in 1982, was renamed the Cylburn Arboretum. Before the commencement of this project, the estate’s long-unused carriage house had fallen into severe disrepair.
Through the efforts of Cylburn Arboretum Friends, the new state-of-the-art exhibit and training center will allow Cylburn the opportunity to capitalize upon its historic success, become a premier regional arboretum, and amplify its position as a public garden dedicated to Baltimore’s community wellness and the education of visitors of all ages.
Through this most recent collaboration between design firm Ziger Snead and Lewis Contractors, the historic two-story stone carriage house, originally constructed circa 1870, and later rebuilt following a fire in 1912, will be stabilized and renovated. In addition, a new 4,300-square-foot barn-like addition will be added adjacent to the historic structure.