More than just a road, Hilton Parkway was inspired by the advice of renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and is a testament to the transformative investment of the New Deal in Baltimore.
In the 1930s, the Gwynns Falls blocked traffic between the northwestern suburbs and the growing rowhouse neighborhoods along Edmondson Avenue. In his influential 1904 report on the city's park system, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. i recommended the development of Hilton Parkway as a scenic path across the landscape.
Support from the New Deal-era Public Works Administration enabled the construction of the parkway in 1938. It included two bridges, the largest of which spanned 390 feet with arches up to 90 feet.