Homewood and the City: Geography, Ecology, and Infrastructure
This paper was presented as part of Homewood Museum's "Great Architecture" Symposium, Green Homewood, 25 April 2009
Recent writing about sustainable design emphasizes the need to see “beyond the envelope,” that is, to acknowledge each building’s
connection to the elements, landscapes, and systems outside its four walls. Although [as we’ve heard] Charles Carroll Jr.’s Homewood
residence was in many ways selfsufficient, its lessons for us depend significantly upon Homewood’s relationship with the growing
city of Baltimore, throughout its history. In fact, tracking Homewood’s place within a changing urban environment affords us fascinating
lessons — for better and for worse — about our own time’s planning for a sustainable future.
Colorful, historic maps, held by JHU’s Sheridan Libraries, show Homewood’s evolving situation within a city whose boundaries, both
political and social, continue to change today. Illustrations of water-supply infrastructure, sanitation, electrification, and transportation
systems provide important contextual information about Homewood’s own physical development. Furthermore, and looking ahead, a plan
for Green Homewood will itself only be realized within both a “greener” Baltimore and a better-integrated metropolitan region.
01 Introduction 02 Patterns of Settlement & City Boundaries 03 Systems of Sustenance and Waste Management
04 Transportation 05 Conclusion