Trailblazing Women of Architecture in Maryland

Trailblazing Women of Architecture in Maryland

In honor of the Year of the Woman in Maryland and the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, the Liriodendron Foundation is hosting an exhibit through September 30 that celebrates women who contributed their design talent to Maryland’s built environment at a time when few women were in the profession.  Many of the women practiced through the lean years of the Depression and World War II, designing buildings in Maryland and across the country, serving as a story of perseverance and determination.  

Also showcased in the Liriodendron Mansion’s galleries is artwork and architectural drawings of Poldi Hirsch (1926-1987), a Havre de Grace resident and the first woman of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) who owned her own firm.  Over 25 modern structures still stand in Harford County as a testament to her professional perseverance and pioneering legacy. 

A special online presentation will be given on Wednesday, August 12 at 7 pm by the curator of the exhibit, Jillian Storms, AIA.  Ms Storms received BAF’s Roger Redden Award and Preservation Maryland’s George T. Harrison Volunteer Award in recognition of her extensive work in organizing the research effort and curating the traveling exhibit.  She has a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Urban Studies and Planning from Goucher College. 

Click here to register for the event. 

The exhibit is on view free to the public from July 3 to September 30, 2020 during Open House hours each Wednesday from 1 to 7 pm, and on second Sundays (August 9th and September 13) from 11 am to 3 pm, or by appointment by contacting 410.879.4424 or

 The travelling exhibit was sponsored by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and developed by members of the Women in Architecture (now EQUITY) Committee of AIA Baltimore, with research assistance from architecture students at Morgan State University.  

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The presentation is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Dresher Foundation.


A Message From Liriodendron Foundation Board President Arden Case McClune Regarding COVID-19


During this time of uncertainty and rapidly-changing information, I wanted to reach out to you about what the Liriodendron Foundation is doing to ensure the health and well-being of our staff, patrons, and vendors in the face of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of March 16, we will be cancelling all scheduled Open House occurrences and postponing all public events through the end of April.

Private rentals scheduled between now and the end of March will also be postponed. If you have an event rental scheduled during that time, our staff will be in touch with you. If you have questions about a private or public event, please contact us by email or phone.

A rescheduled date for our Music at the Mansion concert featuring Greg Greenway will be forthcoming. If you have reserved a ticket for the show, and are unable to attend the new date, we will be happy to transfer your reservation to another Music at the Mansion concert or refund the full cost of your ticket.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates on adjustments to scheduled events as needed on our website, social media, and occasional emails. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at or by phone at 410-879-4424.

We are focused on working together with our visitors, vendors, and partners to ensure we are all able to manage this unprecedented situation. We look forward to seeing you soon and wish you well.

 All My Best,

 Arden Case McClune

President, The Liriodendron Foundation

Postponed – Music at the Mansion Presents Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys

Postponed – Music at the Mansion Presents Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys

Due to the COVID-19 shut-down, this concert has been postponed. Please follow us on social media, or visit here again to learn more about our rescheduled Music at the Mansion concerts.

Music at the Mansion is made possible in part by a grant from Maryland State Arts Council through Harford County Cultural Arts Board, by a grant from Harford County, and by support from Music Land.