Each organization recognized that Mount Vernon Place, a National Historic Landmark District, required a greater level of investment than the City of Baltimore could offer, or that could be achieved through the efforts of local volunteers. They contacted Baltimore City officials who expressed their support for a community-based development of a conservancy model based on conservancies already in operation in many U. S. cities.
The Conservancy’s first action commissioned a restoration and management Master Plan by the renowned landscape architecture firm, OLIN. Completed in May 2010, the Master Plan is a guidebook for the pending restoration and rehabilitation of Mount Vernon Place’s historic grandeur. The finest surviving landscaping plan developed by Carrere & Hastings, and the Washington Monument by Robert Mills, the country’s first public monument to George Washington, will emerge as world class attractions when the Master Plan is carried to fruition.
The Conservancy, led by its Board of Directors chaired by Henry H. Hopkins, has launched a $12 million capital campaign to create an enduring public space. The first restoration project, restoration of the Washington Monument, was completed in 2014-15, and the Monument reopened on its Bicentennial, July 4, 2015.