Project Description


The Stone House
Baltimore, Maryland


Parks & People Foundation’s mission is to combine the restoration of Baltimore’s urban neighborhoods’ natural resources with the academic enrichment of children. This two phase project will enable it to use its new headquarters facility to further that mission on a nine acre parcel in Druid Hill Park that will include the creation of an important pedestrian connection between the Mondawmin community and the park.

Phase I involves rehabilitation to LEED Platinum standards of the 4000 square foot derelict historic stone building, formerly the Druid Hill Park Superintendent’s house, to be used for educational programming, professional and community meetings and a multipurpose space for receptions and formal functions. The adjacent historic Carriage House was also restored.

Phase II is the construction of a new 10,000 square foot LEED Platinum building.  Named The Sally and Butch Michel Center for Parks & People, it will house administrative offices and an Ecology Center with lab space and demonstration gardens for scientific research, environmental education and job training.

Lewis Contractors
Total Cost

Adaptive Reuse
Complex Funding
Green Buildings
Historic Structures
Public-Private Partnership
Phased Construction
Significant Site Constraints

“Having worked closely with them, I am grateful to have Synthesis as our Owner’s Representative and consider them to be nothing less than a full partner with us. They handled our project as if it was their own. We have absolute trust that our interests are paramount whenever they represent us.”

“Their engineering backgrounds add more value. We saw first-hand how that, coupled with creative thinking, resulted in design and planning efficiencies, cost reductions and a better result overall.”

“In short, Synthesis inspires confidence every step of the way.”

Jacqueline M. Carrera, Former President & CEO Parks & People Foundation