Boundaries and Map
Union Square is one of the smaller neighborhoods in the Southwest Partnership area, bordered on the east by S Carey St, the south by W Pratt St, the west by S Fulton Ave, and the north by Booth St and Frederick Ave.
Brief Neighborhood History and Description
Built in the 1830s, the homes in Union Square, which is a National Historic District, are primarily Italianate and Victorian in architecture. Union Square Park boasts a fountain and other community maintained amenities, and the neighborhood is known for its welcoming residents, strong community association, and beautifully restored homes. Union Square was home to HL Mencken, who lived for most of his life at the house at 1524 Hollins St.
Sites of Interest
Union Square Park is one of the West Baltimore Parks that anchor neighborhoods built in the 19th century around public green spaces. The host to summer concerts in the park, the Union Square Christmas Tree lighting, and other events, Union Square Park is the center of the neighborhood and boasts a fountain, benches, landscaped grounds, and a bandstand.
Every spring flowers become competition in Union Square! Residents across the neighborhood decorate their stoops, sidewalks, and windowsills with flowers, plants, and all sorts of outdoor adornment before the final day of judging and celebration.
For thirty years the beautifully restored homes in Historic Union Square have been opened during the holiday season to visitors and neighbors alike who tour the homes, admire decorations and décor, and eat delicious cookies.
Steuart Hill Academic Academy is located on the west side of Franklin Square. It serves students in grades pre-K through 5 who are primarily from the Union Square and Mount Clare communities. Students at Mount Clare are engaged in neighborhood clean ups and events, and the school has a number of community partners and an academically enriching afterschool and summer program. Home of the Soaring Eagles, ‘Where Attitude Equals Aptitude’ Steuart Hill recently won a city-wide award for most improved attendance! Sadly, the Board of Education has voted to close this school at the end of the school year in 2023 - we continue to monitor and oppose this decision if possible. If you'd like to learn more, please consider attending our Education Committee meeting on the First Wednesday of each month.