Baltimore Off The Beaten Path

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  • St. John's Church, Huntingdon

    by steviedee Updated May 24, 2010

    This charming Victorian complex sits on a slight rise in Northeast Baltimore. The area can be dicey. The complex consists of church, rectory, cemetery, and parish house. There are places to sit for meditation. The church is, of course, wisely kept locked during the week. The church is a Gothic structure of grey stone, built between 1858-1860, and enlarged in 1875. It has a square tower surmounted by a broach spire, maybe of 120 feet in height. The tower contains 11 bells that sound the quarter hours throughout the day, as well as the Angelus at noon and 6 p.m. The interior has been restored painstakingly and lovingly to appear as it did in 1875, and is very warm and colourful. In the cemetery lies the famous poetess, Lizette Woodworth Reese, and the original members of the Episcopal All Saints Sisters of the Poor. The church offers traditional Episcopal services with excellent music. The grounds are well-kept and a quiet oasis in the midst of shill city. The main service on Sunday morning is high theatre; in the processional and recessional, you'll see people carrying wands, and other vesture probably not seen since the 1840's. Queen Victoria still holds sway over her subjects. In the summer, the congregation dresses in Victoriana and play croquet on the rectory lawn for an afternoon of high tea and crumpets. A must to behold. As an interesting sidenote, the church itself is known to be haunted.

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    Federal Hill picnic

    by yoshamus Written Mar 24, 2010

    Go to the yuppified Federal Hill neighborhood and visit the food stalls at Cross Street Market. Buy a very reasonably priced picnic lunch and a bottle of wine and hike several blocks to the top of Federal Hill for an impressive view of the inner harbor. Wallow on one of the park benches and take in a gorgeous sunset or watch the parade of people passing by. Nearby is the Visionary Art Museum and a waterfront park where you can catch a taxi boat across to Fells Point for nightlife, restaurants, and offbeat shopping.

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    Eastern Avenue Pumping Station - A Museum You Say?

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 14, 2010

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    A beautiful building;-)

    Once the giggling stops. It was built in 1912 and designed by Henry Brauns. It's purpose was to pump wastewater from a lower elevation to a higher elevation so the flow can continue to a water treatment facility. The building is a marvelous architecture beauty. It had caught my attention from a far off of the Baltimore Inner Harbor. It has a wonderful done exhibits inside that all would enjoy.

    Oh, if your wondering of the angle of the picture. It was taken in honor of a really nice VT friend who has a good "eye"!

    751 Eastern Ave Pier 7 of the Inn Harbor

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    Morris A. Mechanic Theater - Baltimore's Ugliest

    by littlesam1 Written Nov 8, 2009

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    The old Morris Mechanic Theater in Baltimore is now a vacant building. Built in 1967 it housed traveling theater productions in Baltimore for almost 30 years. Called by many the ugliest building in Baltimore, there has been pressure to preserve the now empty building. It is a cast concrete building designed in what is called "Brutalism" and also "abstract expressionism" It was considered innovative in 1967. Today I just think its ugly.

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    Battle Monument

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 3, 2009

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    Baltimore's Battle Monument was built in 1815-25 in commemoration of the Battle of Baltimore, one of the deciding engagements of the War of 1812, and the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner."

    The monument stands 35 feet tall and has 18 layers of marble in the base, representing the 18 states at the time of the battle. The column lists the names of those who died in the battle and is topped with a figure representing the city of Baltimore.

    Later, the monument was featured in the city's seal and flag.

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    Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower

    by Ewingjr98 Written Aug 3, 2009

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    Bromo-Seltzer Tower...mmmmmmmm
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    From 1911 to 1923 the Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower, standing 289 feet, was the tallest building in Baltimore. It is said the architect was inspired by the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, though in the Bromo-Seltzer Tower the clock is nearer to the top, and the name is stupider. On the Bromo-Seltzer tower's clock faces, the numbers were replaced by the letters B-R-O-M-O S-E-L-T-Z-E-R. Luckily the original building's 51 foot tall Bromo-Seltzer bottle was removed in 1936.

    In 2002 the tower was abandoned and unused, but it was redeveloped in 2007.

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    Davidge Hall - U of Maryland Medical Center

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 3, 2009

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    A plaque at the site reads:


    Davidge Hall, constructed in 1812, is named for the first dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. John B. Davidge. Noted for its unique classical appearance, it is the oldest building in the country used continuously for medical education. The Medical School, established in 1807 by the Maryland General Assembly was the fifth to be founded in the United States. Following mergers with Baltimore Medical College, 1913, and College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1915, the school became part of the State University System in 1920.

    Maryland Historical Society.

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    Mt Vernon Place United Methodist Church

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 3, 2009
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    Built in 1872 in Victorian Gothic style. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this church is that it was built on the site of a mansion once owned by the husband of Elizabeth Phoebe Key, the daughter of Francis Scott Key. In the house that once stood on this lot, Francis Scott Key, the writer of the Star Spangled Banner, died in 1843.

    Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church and its accompanying Asbury House were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


    A small plaque for Francis Scott Key reads:

    Author of The Star Spangled Banner departed this life on the site of this building Jan. 11, 1843.

    “And this be our motto In God is our Trust” —Key

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    Washington Monument

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 3, 2009

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    This Washington Monument in downtown Baltimore was built from 1815 to 1829, making it the first monument in the entire country dedicated to our First President. The monument consists of a 178-foot tower with 228 interior steps leading to the top. At the base of the tower is a museum, and the top of the column has a statue of George Washington.

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    Baltimore Basilica

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jul 30, 2009

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    The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was constructed in 1806–1821, making it America's first Roman Catholic cathedral. America's first architect, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, constructed this monumental building for America's first Bishop, John Carroll, in an odd style mixing traditional cathedral elements with a Greek facade and columns.

    The cathedral was restored from 2004 to 2006, for the 200th anniversary of the start of its construction.

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    Major General Marquis de Lafayett Monument

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    Major General Marquis de Lafayett served loyally under his commander George Washington.

    On this monument is inscribed:
    La Fayette, immortal because a self-forgetful servant of justice and humanity. Beloved by all Americans because he acknowledged no duty more sacred than to fight for the freedom of his fellow men. —Woodrow Wilson

    En 1777 La Fayette traversant les mers avec des volontiers français est venu apporter une aide fraternelle au peuple américain qui combattait pour sa liberté nationale. En 1917 La France combattait à son tour pour défendre sa vie et la liberté du monde. L’Amérique qui n’avait jamais oublie La Fayette a traverse les mers pour aider La France et le monde a été sauvé. —R. Poincaré

    (translation) In 1777 La Fayette crossed the seas with French volunteers to bring fraternal assistance to the American people who were fighting for their national freedom. In 1917 France at war had its turn to defend its life and the freedom of the world. America, which never had forgets La Fayette, crossed the seas to help France and the world was once again safe. —R. Poincare

    Located at Intersection of North Charles Street and Monument Street, in the median on North Charles Street.

    Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association
    100 Light Street, 12th Floor
    Baltimore, Maryland, 21202

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    Inner Harbor Falls

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    Taken behind.

    This lovely falls is at the entrance of the Inner Harbor at the corner on Light Street & E Pratt. Street. It attracted me right away, because you can walk behind it without getting wet. Lovely feature.

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    100 Light Street, 12th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202

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    United Methodist Church

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    This was once the original site of the home of mansion of Col. Charles Howard, son of John Eager Howard, who was married to Elizabeth Phoebe Key, daughter of Francis Scott Key author of the Star Spangle Banner who even died here in 1843. John Eager Howard had donated the land for the Washington Monument.

    Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church built in 1872, which back then was in the outskirts of the city. Designed by local architects Thomas Dixon and Charles Carson who designed it with using six different types of stone, one of those beautiful green serpentine.
    It will seat 900 people and is adorned with stained glass and carvings. Pews are of American walnut carved by one man. There is a second sanctuary on the second floor with seating for 300. This part of the sanctuary was used to accommodate troops during World War I to provide sleeping quarters for troops. It has many wonderful historical markers outside to its wonderful history.

    Located at:
    10 E. Mt. Vernon Place
    Next to Mount Vernon Place and Washington Monument.

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    Baltimore Arts Tower ~Bromo Seltzer

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    This Clock Tower to me, was pretty impressive, just thought you might want to venture it's way to take a look at it. If you get on the Ride the Ducks Tour "Captain Crabby" talks about it.

    This wonderful tower was once crowned with the clock with a flashy memorial to Captain Isaac Emerson entrepreneurial genius: a 51-foot, 17-ton replica of the Bromo-Seltzer bottle. Emerson was the chemist who invented the famous headache remedy. He arrived in Baltimore in 1881 to promot his drug. Many years later after much success with his wonderful headache remedies, he was able to expand his business and it included this wonderful 8 story building completed in 1911 that was considered to be the tallest in Baltimore at the time with the world's largest four-dial gravity clock, with faces 24 feet in diameter. The tower was especially modeled after Italy's Palazzo Vecchio designed by Joseph Evans Sperry. The clock was so bright with its 596 lights and with the bottle making two revolutions per minute the beam could be seen by seamen 20 miles away.

    Sadly the huge bottle on the towers caused structural damage due to its weight had to be removed and then scraped....treasure lost....sad. At least the city had foresight to turn it into a public arts center in 1967 with the hard work and love of volunteers.

    Intersection of South Eutaw Street and West Lombard Street (U.S. 40), on the right when traveling north on South Eutaw Street.

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    National Katyn Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    Katyn  Circle Inner Harbor East

    Seeing this monument in a picture does not do it justice. This is a wonderfully and beautifully statue dedicated to the Polish prisoners of war that were murdered by the Soviets in 1940 and buried in the Katyn Forest. The Artist-Sculptor is Andrew Pitynski.

    It is located over by Inner Harbor East Pier 3 - President Street and Aliceanna St.

    131 S.Potomac Street & President Street

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