An artsy district about 10 blocks North of the Inner Harbor, centered along N. Charles Street.
Here's you'll find the original Washington Monument, built before the big one in Washington DC.
Plenty of eclectic and upscale restaurants and bars in this area. Most of them are ethnic: Afganistan, Indian, Nepalese, Japanese and such...... See my restaurant tips.
Baltimore has lots of monuments. They built the first monument to George Washington - 19 years before the one was built in Washington DC. It was completed on July 4, 1829.
The square base is constructed of marble donated by Gen. Charles Ridgely of Hampton, and is inscribed with Washington's Revolutionary War victories. The monument is surrounded by an ornate circular iron fence, and topped by a 30-ton statue of Washington.
It was built way out in the country on a vacant field donated by Col. John Eager Howard, so if it fell over, it wouldn't hurt anyone. (The city has since surrounded it) The money to build the Doric column memorial was raised by popular subscription, lottery proceeds, and by a final appropriation from the State of Maryland.
There is a small fee to climb the 228 steps to the top. The top has bars on the windows. A son of a friend of my parents once climbed the monument on the outside.
The ground-floor museum offers information about the construction of the monument (begun in 1815 and finished in 1829), as well as about the life and times of George Washington and early America.
Every winter, Baltimore's Washington Monument is host to "A Monumental Occasion," when the monument is decorated with lights to celebrate the holiday season
Hours: Wed-Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM
This picture was taken looking down Charles Street. Charles street is the main city street (named after Charles Carroll the signer of the Declaration of Independence) which divides the west side of Baltimore from the east side.
The only time you ever see Charles street completely empty of traffic like this is just about dawn - that's when this picture was taken. My mom had picked us up from the airport after we flew back from California, and I asked her to stop for the picture.
Probably one of the most beautiful squares in the U.S., at least the most beautiful one that I've seen.
The Washington Monument stands right in the center. See John Water's movie "Pecker," if you want to see just how suggestive the monument really is. But, seriously, this was the first Washington monument, predating the one more famous one about 40 miles south in Washington, DC.
Mt. Vernon is the cultural hub of the city. The square also includes the Peabody Institute, the famous music school, with its library filled with wrought iron balconies.
Also on the square, is the Walters Art Museum, with its fine collection of Asian art, and antiquities.
There are also numerous galleries and restaurants in the area. (Some of which are mentioned in the restaurant section.)
At George Washington's monument in Baltimore, you get the feeling that the monument was built for Washington and not for making money from Washington. What do I mean? Well, there are no souviner stands, there are no vendors, in fact there are very few tourist. The monument is just there for the people.
If your fit, I recommend that you climb the 400 some odd steps to the top and have a look out to the city.
This is another monument is the park surrounding the Washington Monument. There are two streets in Baltimore named after this famous Marylander. Howard Street which used to be one of Baltimore's major shopping districts has fallen into decay over the years. Currently there is a major renovation project going on in this area to bring the Howard Street corridor back to life. The other street named after him is Eager Street which runs through the heart of Mt. Vernon.
The Mount Vernon Methodist Church is located just across the street from the Washington Monument. Every year on World Aids December 1 a memorial service is held here and the names of AIDS victims are read during a candle light ceremony in the church. After the ceremony the congregation walks out in silence with their candles still burning and place them in the fence around the Washinton Monument. It is a very moving and sad memorial each year.
French General Lafayette is well know and honored in Maryland. He fought along side General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. There are monuments to him in various cities. This is the one in Baltimore. It is located directly in front of the Washington Memorial on Charles Street.
The Walters Art Gallery is located in Mount Vernon Square right next to the Washington Monument. The collection includes European, American, Islamic and Asian art and the adult admission is $10.
Spires of First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church.
The spires of the the First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church can be seen from from Charles Street in Mt. Vernon.
Baltimore's famous music conservatory, The Peabody Conservatory is also located on Charles Street on the circle near the Washington Mounment. Pictured is a monument to the founder and namesake.
Located at the Columbus Piazza (hey, are we in Italy?), the monument is beautifully carved in Italian marble depicting images from the famous discovers life and adventures.