Built from 1732 to 1740, Athol Manor located in Columbia, MD is a Georgian style “two-and-a-half story” historical clergy house originally built for James MacGill, an episcopal minister.* Athol Manor is over 250 years old making it one of the oldest residential properties in Howard County, Maryland.* Today, Athol Manor sits on the land of the future Brightview Columbia, Brightview Senior Living’s first community in Howard County.
Embracing the past as a foundation for the future, Brightview Columbia will be designed after the unique, historic Georgian style of Athol Manor. Tentatively slated to begin construction next spring, our Columbia senior living community will feature 170 apartments dedicated to independent living, assisted living, and memory care. With Brightview constantly “evolving our standards of community amenities,” unique opportunities to showcase vibrant living are created, as explained by Vice President of Development, Maria Miller. Examples of such amenities that will be implemented at Brightview Columbia are layered movie theater seating, ample courtyard space influenced by our Mind and Music program for Columbia assisted living and dementia care residents, and gymnasiums for our SPICE in Motion initiatives which encourage residents to engage in routine physical activity.
In an effort to give back to the Columbia community, Brightview Senior Living plans to restore Athol Manor and improve the adjacent Manor Park. Athol Manor which experienced aging will be renovated while still preserving its historical features and serve as a gift to the Community Foundation of Howard County. In addition, Manor Park, walking distance from Brightview Columbia, will feature new park amenities and improvements.
*Source: Maryland Historical Trust