Roland Park is the first planned “suburban” community in North America and has been a treasured Baltimore City neighborhood since the late 1800’s.
Developed between 1890 and 1920 as an upper-class streetcar suburb, the early phases of the neighborhood were designed by Edward Bouton and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
Roland Park is home to several private schools: Friends School of Baltimore, Gilman School, Roland Park Country School, the Bryn Mawr School, and Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. Nestled among these private schools is the Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, part of the Baltimore City Public School System. The K-8 school has earned the Blue Ribbon for Academic Excellence from the state department of education.
Roland Park Shopping Center, which opened in 1907, as a single building strip of stores, located at the corner of Upland Road and Roland Avenue, has been credited by Guinness World Records as the world’s first shopping. Now home to several businesses, including Eddie’s Supermarket, the Children’s bookstore and Starbuck’s, it is a hub of activity for the community. Across the street is a newly renovated branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Travel a few blocks further south on Roland Avenue, past the Petit Louis Bistro, and head east on Coldspring Lane. There you will find Miss Shirley’s, The Evergreen Café, and Roland Park Bagel Company.