The mansion is getting some face-lifts.

Phase I
The ballroom floor:

Phase II
Repointing the mansion
and Improving the
drainage on the right side.

Phase III
Replacing the windows
and shutters:

The chapel is available for rentals thru the Parks Dept., call 410-396-7900
Due to upcoming construction, the ballroom of the Orianda House will not be available for rentals.
Rentals at Orianda house and the chapel in Leakin Park

Lost Structures

4901 Windsor Mill Road
Harry A. Anderson's home (date 1912)
Torn down 1990's
This home sat just prior to entrance of Carrie Murray Nature Center.

(photo taken about 1989)

           Harry A. Anderson

Entrance of Crimea Estate, Windsor Mill Road
(Round barn and horse stables are in the background)

Round Barn on Crimea Estate
Kirk Family Caretakers
(No longer standing)

Gate House Windsor Estate
Wetheredsville Road
(photo taken June 11, 1944, 8:30 a.m.)
This was torn down around 1960
   Helen Kielkoph of Louisville, Kentucky, owner of Hidden Hollow Orchard, remembers it fondly as the
witches' house because of its high pitched roof. You can visit her website at
This is a painting of the Gate House I commissioned from a local artist whom I also had paint the Crimea Mansion. The stone in this structure is called blue granite, which was most likely quarried from the Gwynns Falls valley.

Doll House


CHRISTMAS IN THE CRIMEA. "The Crimea is the home of a country estate within pleasant driving distance of the city of Baltimore, belonging to Mr. Thomas Winans of Russian railway fame. Close by the suburban mansion is a cottage, or rather, an elegant and commodious playhouse, which Santa Claus erected in a single night for the Winans children about twenty years since. Grace Greenwood, a frequent guest of the family, says of it: "The small mansion was constructed in sections, and the furniture manufactured to order in town; everything marvelously complete. The children knew nothing of it. There was nothing on the lawn before their windows when they went to bed on Christmas Eve, but while they slept there were mysterious arrivals of wagons and workmen from Baltimore, and great doings by moonlight and lamplight. All night they worked, the carpenters and upholsterers, and at dawn gathered up their traps like the fairies and as silently stole away. In the morning the mother going to take the children, happened to look out on the lawn, and with an excellent imitation of innocence, exclaimed at the surprising sight, and then of course, the children ran pell-mell to see what the marvelous thing could be, and beheld the charming little villa, gay and bright, its windows flashing in the sun, and a fancy flag floating from its tower. The edifice was not of such fairy proportions that they could not keep house in it handsomely, and entertain their little friends and mamma and even papa, if he could stoop a little and make himself as small as he comfortably could.(Washington Letter to IV. Y. Times, May 4th, 1874.




The large playhouse is one of the lost structures of Crimea Estate. However, these dolls still remain as a reminder of the childhood of Marguerite Celeste deKay.
(click on photo for more about the dolls)

Lost Views

This view of Orianda house was taken in 1987 by Gail Abrams, past director of Carrie Murray Nature Center. Please note trees to left. This is a Japanese Maple Tree grove which is still standing and being taken over by bittersweet and wild grapevine. This is the view that you would have seen approaching the house from a horse drawn carriage coming up the carriage path from Franklintown Turnpike.

This view of the house was taken in October 2006, nineteen years later. It is sad that over time, we had to lose such a vista. We would hope that sometime in the near future we could take it back to its original state as an open space.

Forgotten Folks