Evergreen Museum & Library, the long-time residence of Baltimore’s philanthropic Garrett family, serves as a preeminent example of Gilded Age Italianate architecture. It houses a remarkably diverse and renowned collection of more than 50,000 objects, owned by two generations of the Garrett family. Self-described “collectors by instinct and by education,” the Garretts cultivated an assemblage of fine and decorative arts that is unusual in its scope and inventiveness and includes paintings, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, and rare books & manuscripts. The house is surrounded by twenty-five acres of picturesque formal and naturalistic landscape.

This sumptuous environment created a spectacular location for the Garrett family to host some of Baltimore’s most extravagant parties and events of the last two centuries. They entertained such notables as politicians and presidents (i.e. Woodrow Wilson and Herbert Hoover), industrialists and businessmen such as Andrew W. Mellon, architects (Frank Lloyd Wright and Dorothy Draper), artists (Leon Bakst and Ignacio Zuloaga), conductors and composers (Arturo Toscanini, Bela Bartok, Cole Porter, George Gershwin) and other celebrities including George Bernard Shaw & Amelia Earhart. In fact, the house’s North Wing hosted the greatest of performances and concerts during America’s ‘Jazz Age,’ with internationally recognized interior decorator Billy Baldwin assessing the entire estate as opening “a whole new world to me. There I was surrounded by the best art and music, as well as conversation. I knew I could never return to the life I had led before.”

The Evergreen Museum & Library has a history of hosting timeless and truly exceptional events. Please consider hosting your event here and adding your story to the vibrant tapestry of history on the property. Contact us at privateeventsoffice@jhu.edu or 443.840.9585 to host your event at the Evergreen.

The Evergreen Museum & Library is open for tours of its permanent collections and ever-changing exhibitions Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Tours begin, on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m.

Click here to visit the Evergreen Museum & Library’s website.

Telephone: 410-516-0341 | Email: evergreenmuseum@jhu.edu