The Ivy Hotel

Historic, Award Winning, Historic

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Maryland’s finest upscale boutique hotel finds its home in the Government House mansion, a graceful example of 19th Century architecture in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. The Ivy Hotel restores the historic mansion to its former elegance while transforming it into a modern and unique destination that meets the highest of today’s standards. A cohesive ensemble of old and new structures, the project is an exemplary case study of new urban infill and historic renovation while meeting a challenging interior program.

The Ivy’s guest rooms, suites, and main social spaces are organized to capitalize on the enclosed garden, a shared amenity between hotel and restaurant guests. The ground floor and first levels of the Ivy are carefully orchestrated to accommodate gathering spaces for both hotel and restaurant guests without allowing their paths to cross, creating a heightened sense of exclusivity for the hotel while enticing visitors to return for a night’s stay. Landscape and architectural designs are integrated in the outdoor courtyard, defined by high walls, ivy-covered brick, an exterior monumental stair, water features, and intimate, private terraces. The new construction uses rich materials to sensitively complement the architecture of the existing mansion, and provides a stately, yet welcoming entry into The Ivy Hotel.

Additional improvements include new exterior streetscaping, a 2nd floor Spa, full service kitchens, and state-of-the art mechanical, electrical, lighting, life safety, A/V and IT systems.


Design Team: James Snead; Hugh McCormick; Daniel Carter; Keith Peiffer; Miharu Morimoto

Team: James Posey Associates - Mechanical Engineer; Paulco Engineering - Electrical Engineer; Morabito Consultants - Structural Engineer; Gower Thompson - Civil Engineer; Lazarus Design Associates - Landscape Architect; FLUX/Lumen Architecture - Lighting Designer; Joszi Meskan Associates - Interior Designer; Acoustical Design Collaborative - Acoustic Consultant; RTKL - AV/IT Consultant; Foodservice Designs - Food Service Consultant; 

Owner: Azola Companies, Inc. 

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Construction Cost: Over $18 million

Area: 35,000 sf

Completion: 2015

Program: guest rooms and suites, dining rooms, restaurant, spa, terraces, enclosed courtyard

Photography: Jennifer Hughes


  • 2017 Historic Preservation Award — Mount Vernon Belvedere Association
  • 2016 Excellence In Design Merit Award — AIAMaryland
  • 2016 Historic Preservation Award for Rehabilitation — Baltimore Heritage