Glenview Mansion grounds, including the front lawn and formal gardens, when we have a booked event.
EXPANSION OF SERVICES AND OPERATING HOURS
Following Montgomery County's updated COVID-19-related guidelines, the Department of Recreation and Parks will lift many of its restrictions and expand services and operating hours at Civic Center-managed properties.
Effective Friday, May 28, 2021:
Issuance of alcohol permits at Elwood Smith Community Center and Pump House Community Center.
Significantly reduced capacity limits at the following facilities at Glenview Mansion, Cottage, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Social Hall, Elwood Smith Community Center, and Pump House Community Center.
Effective Monday, June 7, 2021:
Rockville Civic Center Business Office, Glenview Mansion, and F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre are open to drop-in visitation without an appointment with the following hours of operation (box office services will reopen once ticketed events go on sale again).
Rockville Civic Center Business Office: Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Glenview Mansion: Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre: Tuesday - Friday, 2pm - 5pm
Do not come to any City of Rockville property if you are sick or came into to contact with someone with any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, or are otherwise instructed to remain at home.
Following the latest federal, state and county guidance, employees of and visitors to most City of Rockville facilities who have received full COVID-19 vaccinations will no longer be required to wear masks. Unvaccinated individuals will still be encouraged to wear face coverings to protect themselves.
Regardless of vaccination status, city staff and students will still wear face coverings at the Montrose Discovery Preschool. Masks and face coverings will still need to be worn by staff and riders on Rockville Senior Center buses, or by staff and participants in summer camps and youth recreation programs.
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.
Rockville, MD 20851
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 GalleryA 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.