Public Gardens Since 1954
Visitors can walk and inspect the peaceful grounds of Cylburn in 60 to 90 minutes. The beautiful Mansion property draws more people than the partly closed insides of the Renaissance Revival building completed in 1868. George Frederick, the architect of City Hall, designed the mansion as the home of Jessie Tyson (1826-1906), flour and chemical businessman. The city bought the property at auction in 1942 for $42,000 although it was valued at far more. The Board of Recreation and Parks began the Cylburn Wildflower Preserve and Garden Center in 1954. This became Cylburn Arboretum in 1982. The park is near the Cylburn neighborhood of mostly African-American residents.