Baltimore Off The Beaten Path

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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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    Ukranian Orthodox Church

    by littlesam1 Updated Feb 17, 2005

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    St. Michael's Ukranian Catholic Church

    I saw these large onion sharped domes in the distance one day when I was walking through Fells Point. I was not sure what they were or where they were located. So curiosity got the best of me and I had to find them. They are located just a few blocks from Fells Point on Eastern Avenue. This section of the Baltimore is known as Patterson Park. The building really stands out. In the midst of the old row houses of Patterson Park.This church looks like its transported directly from the Middle East. This is actually St. Michael's Ukranian Catholic Church. It was built in the early 1990's. Its very unusual architecture for Baltimore.

    I had labeled this church incorrectly when I created this tip. Thanks to VT member StevieDee for helping with the correct information.

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    Patterson Park Pagoda

    by littlesam1 Written Jun 7, 2004

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    Pagoda in Patterson Park

    Today the Inner Harbor with its malls and high rises is a landmark of modern Baltimore. However there are many other historical landmarks in Baltimore that are much loved the local people. One of these is the Patterson Park Pagoda. The Pagoda was built between 1891-1892. It was designed as a peoples lookout tower. Over the years it fell into disrepair. It was recently closed for 13 years due to neglect. But in 2002 the tower was restored to its original specifications and reopened. Today you can climb to its full 60 feet and have a view of the Inner Harbor and surrounding neighborhoods. Its a little off the beaten path but worth a visit. The park is considered safe in the daylight hours but I would advice caution about planning an evening visit.

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    Korean War Memorial

    by littlesam1 Written May 21, 2004

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    Korean War Memorial

    Another one of the many memorials in Baltimore is the Korean War Memorial. This memorial has names of local veterans who lost their lives in the Korean War and a time line describing the war. It was built in the 1990's and is located in the Canton area of Baltimore just south of Fells Point and The Inner Harbor. It is located in a small water front park.

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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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    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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    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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    the sad, sad building

    by ellielou Updated Jan 24, 2006

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    wish I was allowed to enter
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    This is probably my favorite building in all of Baltimore. It's a true marvel, a whimsy of Victorian era architecture. And, too bad that it's been left vacant and crumbling for the last 30 years or so.

    From what I've read, in 1863 a Barvarian immigrant built a three-story brewery on this site. Four years later, it had outgrown the site (say what you will about drinking in Baltimore, or waves of immigrants, or whatever....) and a new five-story building was built. It's totally asymmetrical, with odd shaped dormers and windows...

    There are other buildings that were a part of the brewery in the immediate vicinity...but they aren't as full of character.

    I wish I could pick this building up and move it to a "hot" 'hood...or somehow figure out how to revitalize where it is.

    However decrepit it is, it was featured in one of the most important scenes in David Mamet's 1991 film, Homicide. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102048/

    I remember howling with joy when I saw it.

    If you want to find it, it's on the 1700 block of Gay Street.

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    BLOB' S PARK IN JESSUP MD

    by LoriPori Written Sep 26, 2006

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    Blob's Park in Jessup
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    Sunday September 17, 2006
    Get-together with Clarence, Ethel, Frank and Zana
    Blob's Park
    8024 Rt. 175 at Baltimore/Washington Parkway
    This place has been around forever. It is family-owned ( Max Blob ). The Hall is plain and set up to feed many people and there is dancing available Sunday afternoons. They do charge a small cover charge of $5.00 to help pay for the two-man band. There wasn't a lot of people there when we went. Mostly us and a small party celebrating a birthday. It was just nice to spend some quiet time with Clarence & Ethel and Frank and even Zana managed to get here for a visit. We all had a bite to eat and Hansi and I did a little dancing.

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    Birds

    by frankcanfly Written Feb 29, 2004

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    If you walk around the neighborhood of Guilford, you just might find this guy's house. He's devoted an entire sunroom to exotic birds. There's a sign on the lawn telling you to come up and have a look.

    He got this bird out and put him on my Mother's shoulder.

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    Battle Of Baltimore

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This city has some very beautiful monument. This one is dedicated to thirty-nine men who died in the Battle of Baltimore, when the British were defeated at North Point and Fort McHenry on September 12, 1814.

    Located at Calvert Street at Fayette Street. It is designed by Maximilian Godefroy in 1825 and composed of Baltimore County marble at the base and column. The beautiful sculptures are of Lady Baltimore and the four griffins that were carved by Antonio Capellano of Italian marble.

    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.

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

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    Top of the World Observation Level

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    World Trade Center to the right.
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    On the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, is a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of Baltimore in the world's tallest pentagonal building. You can see a breath taking view of other attractions, hotels, sites and neighborhoods. It is a fully handicapped accessible attraction.

    Top of the World Observation Level
    401 E. Pratt Street
    27th floor
    Baltimore, MD 21202

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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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    Mt. Vernon Historic District Gothic Church

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 3, 2004

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    United Methodist Church facade

    I've always loved looking at this church I remember when Baltimore was undergoing re-vitalization and much of the grime was sandblasted off of the city buildings. This church is located at the northeast corner of Charles and Mt. Vernon Place. It is on the National Register for Historic Places.

    From the Hopkins Civil Engineering site: "Originally conceived as a cathedral of Methodism it was built on the site of the Charles Howard mansion. It was in this house that Howard's father in law, Francis Scott Key, died. The church architects, Thomas Dixon and Charles Carson, created a rarity in Baltimore architecture by designing a Gothic building, one of only three in the city. ... The unique exterior of the building is due in part to its walls of green serpentine, grey stone, and sandstone. Its steeple soars above the surrounding buildings but ends just 12 inches below George Washington's head. It was planned to be taller, but a compromise with the city lowered it below the height of the new memorial. It was finished November 12, 1872"

    The church is in the Mt. Vernon historic district which is bounded by Mount Royal Av. to the north, Mulberry St to the south, Guilford St. to the east and Howard St. to the west. In addition to this church and 10 others from different denominations Included in this district are:
    # The Washington Monument and Museum (1814).
    # Mount VernonPlace and Washington Place. Four garden squares flanking the monument with fountains and statues, surrounded by the Walters Art Gallery, The Peabody Conservatory of Music, and grand residences including the largest row home in Baltimore. Site of the Baltimore Book Festival ( http://www.bop.org/bookfest/) and Flower Mart
    # Over 35 Restaurants.
    # Theatres and Concert Halls.
    # Museums and Gallerys.
    # Over 100 Shops.
    # Antique Row:
    # Over 20 Bars, Cafes and Nightclubs:
    # Local Transportation:

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