50th Anniversary

Highfield House's 50th Anniversary Celebration!

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In 2014, Highfield House, located at 4000 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland,  celebrates the 50th anniversary of its construction in 1964. Designed by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Highfield House is one of the best examples of residential International Style architecture. In 2007, Highfield House was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

As the last director of the famous Bauhaus school of design, Mies van der Rohe (or simply “Mies”), left Nazi Germany in 1937 to become the head of the architecture school at Chicago's Armour Institute of Technology (later renamed the Illinois Institute of Technology).  His private Chicago practice was extremely successful and today many of his buildings are icons of midcentury architecture.  

Designed later in his career, Mies’ initial proposal for Baltimore’s Highfield House was not warmly received by the city’s Planning Commission who reportedly thought that the design “looked like some kind of an institution—a hospital…or office building.”  In one notable concession to the commissioners, Mies softened the concrete and glass design by integrating yellow brick to make it more compatible with the surrounding, more traditional, Guilford neighborhood.  Hence, the design for Highfield House is a uniquely regional interpretation of modernist design.

Today, Highfield House is home to a concentration of architects, artists, and design aficionados, many of whom are lured by the clean lines of the midcentury architecture.

Highfield House hosted a a celebration for residents and invited guests on Saturday, October 25, 2014 to recognize its 50th anniversary. For photos of the 50th Anniversary of Highfield House, visit here.