BNHA Crimea House, Chapel and Stables


Baltimore City Landmark

Interpretive Framework

Shaping a Monumental City: The City’s Growth in the 20th Century

Located within the Windsor Mill Road area of Leakin Park, Crimea was the summer estate of the Winans family. The estate was built by Thomas Winans, whose family was commissioned by Czar Nicholas I to construct a railroad to connect Moscow with St. Petersburg. Crimea’s namesake is a peninsula along the Black Sea.

The Crimea Mansion was constructed of local stone and embellished with a cupola and large eave pendants. Porches line the side and rear of the house. The mansion is now under the jurisdiction of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks and serves as the headquarters for Outward Bound’s Baltimore program.

A stable and chapel are among the original structures remaining in the park. The redwood-stained chapel is the only ecclesiastical structure on the grounds of Crimea and one of the few examples of Carpenter Gothic architecture in the city. It was restored in 1988-1989 and can be rented for weddings. Like the mansion, it was built of stone and embellished with over-sized eave pendants.

The Crimea Mansion, chapel, and stables were designated as a Baltimore City Landmark in 1982.