The historic community of Reservoir Hill can trace its roots back to
1680. In fact, Reservoir Hill Improvement Council is today housed in
the Birckhead mansion built around 1792. The stone mansion sits on a
wooded hill at the corner of Park Avenue and Reservoir Street. In the
late 19th century, Reservoir Hill grew to become a premier, turn of the
century neighborhood, with a wide range of architectural styles.
Reservoir Hill and its surrounding neighborhoods is home to artists,
educators, and city leaders; contains historic churches and synagogues;
boasts one of the most diverse, intact collections of late 19th and
early 20th century urban architecture in Baltimore City; and borders
the second largest urban park in the country, Druid Hill Park. The community is an important part of the Jewish and African-American history of Baltimore.
While Reservoir Hill has a deep history that can still be seen in its
architecture, it is also a very vibrant, modern community with an urban farm that sells its produce right in the community, two community gardens, a neighborhood school moving toward Green School status, one of Baltimore's earliest charter schools, and one of Baltimore's highlight community events - the Annual Garden & Home Tour.
Reservoir Hill is also one of the original Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.
communities. You will find that Reservoir Hill is a lively place with
strong sense of community and a high level of civic engagement.
Like many urban communities, Reservoir Hill suffered from the flight of
population to the suburbs and experienced decline and poverty from
decades of lack of investment.
Reservoir Hill Improvement Council (RHIC) is an umbrella association
whose roots date from the late 1970's. We partner with government
agencies, commercial enterprises, non-profit organizations, and public
institutions to develop and implement programs and public policies that
furthers the equitable revitalization of Reservoir Hill and the
communities south of Druid Hill Park in northwest Baltimore City.
We envision Reservoir Hill as a model of a vibrant urban community with
excellent schools, safe streets, abundant green space and outdoor
recreation areas, multiple opportunities for residents to interact,
housing that meets the needs of growing families and a broad range of
incomes, and a revitalization that benefits everyone.
Today the spotlight of revitalization is on Reservoir Hill and a
historic opportunity exists to forge a model of equitable,
Join us in this exciting enterprise!
Views from the Hill Blog
There is a lot of wonderful work going in Reservoir Hill and a lot of wonderful thinking going on about building community.
Below are three sites featuring stimulating ideas and projects coming out of the extraordinary community of Reservoir Hill.
And don’t forget to check the RHIC Green blog for information on all the urban environmental projects and other happenings, and the School & Recreation blog for information for youth and families.
Whitelock Community Farm
Whitelock Community Farm is “An Urban Farm in Baltimore’s Hippest
Hood.” Yes, you can buy produce right on Whitelock Street grown right
on Whitelock Street.
The Urban Rabbi
Daniel Cotzin-Burg is the rabbi of Beth Am Synagogue in Reservoir Hill.
His blog contains his reflections on the work of an urban rabbi. As a
Reservoir Hill resident he roots his thoughts on community building and
building urban Jewish community right here in our neighborhood.
on the Hill,” New Lens is a dynamic youth driven social justice
organization that makes art and media about issues where a youth
perspective can inspire change.