VIRTUAL GLENVIEW MANSION-PEERLESS ROCKVILLE SPEAKERS' SERIES The Thursday night Glenview Mansion-Peerless Rockville Speakers' Series has moved to a virtual platform on the following dates: September 9, 2021; November 11, 2021; and January 13, 2021. The registration link to sign up for this virtual program is located in the Fall 2021 "Life in Rockville" Recreation and Parks Activity Guide.
CLOSURES DUE TO PRIVATE EVENTS The Glenview Mansion grounds, including front lawn and the formal gardens, are closed on the following dates due to private events:
Friday, September 24, 2021 Saturday, September 25, 2021 Sunday, September 26, 2021 Tuesday, September 28, 2021 Saturday, October 2, 2021 Saturday, October 9, 2021 Sunday, October 10, 2021 Saturday, October 16, 2021 (starting at 5 p.m.) Sunday, October 17, 2021 Saturday, October 23, 2021 Saturday, October 30, 2021 Sunday, October 31, 2021
EXPANSION OF SERVICES AND OPERATING HOURS Rockville Civic Center Business Office hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5pm (closed for staff lunch from 1pm - 2pm).
Help keep everyone safe. Do not visit any City of Rockville property if you are feeling ill or have COVID-19 symptoms.
Due to the new city mask mandate, face coverings are mandatory for all visitors to Rockville facilities. The requirement applies to all staff and visitors aged 2 and older, whatever their vaccination status. Face coverings may only be removed temporarily for eating, drinking, and presenting to an audience.
A popular venue for special events, the Glenview Mansion sits at the heart of the Civic Center overlooking 28 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with ornamental gardens. Built in 1926, the elegant, Neo-Classical Revival home is on the National Registry for Historic Places and considered a local historic landmark.
The grounds were originally part of Judge Richard Bowie's farm, then called Glen View, when Heiress Irene Moore Smith bought the land in 1917. After she married Dr. James Alexander Lyon, they commissioned prominent Washington, D.C., architects Lochie and Porter to build the two-story home and it became a popular destination for Washington's socialites. The country estate touted formal boxwood gardens, exotic marble floored, holding fountains and Mrs. Lyon's collection of exotic birds.
In 1936, Dr. Lyon had a small playhouse built for their daughter, Betsy. Referred to as the dollhouse, now known as The Cottage, the one-story structure features bunk beds, sun room, stone fireplace and wooden gables.
Glenview Mansion is free and open to the public during visiting hours.
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Access to Glenview Mansion may be limited due to special events.
The large main foyer opens up into spacious rooms including the grand staircase, Bowie Library, cozy sitting room called the Lyon Room, marble floored conservatory, walnut paneled dining room, sunny living room, and commercial kitchen. Two conference rooms and the main dressing room are located on the second floor.
The Art Gallery
A six-room art gallery, located on the second floor, features rotating exhibitions by local, national and international artists of all mediums. The spacious rooms open overlook the pristine formal gardens and front mall.
The Formal Gardens
A well-manicured garden opens into a spectacular view of the grounds. The intimate fountain, stone archways, and flagstone walkways and stairs reflects an oasis of old world charm.
The charming cottage features large windows with breathtaking views of the formal gardens. The stunning craftsmanship is highlighted by the wooden interior, detailed gables, and stone fireplace.