Midtown Baltimore Photography

March 17, 2008

The area that I photographed is the cultural center of Baltimore, with many of its stately townhouses, along with the Baltimore School of Art, Contemporary Museum, Maryland Historical Society and Walters Art Gallery. It is sandwiched on the north by Midtown and its townhouses and on the south by the Central Business District.


The Contemporary Museum


From the left to right: St. James Place, New Howard Hotel, Congress Hotel and Mayfair Theatre


A townhouse on W. Monument Street


The Enoch Pratt House


The Contemporary Museum from the Maryland Historical Society


A townhouse across from the Maryland Historical Society

The Winona Apartment Building


Another view of the Winona Apartment Building


The First Presbyterian Church (thanks for correction!)


Another view of the Grace and St. Peter’s Church


The entrance to the Grace and St. Peter’s school


Looking east down W. Monument Street


The Maryland Historical Society


Another view of the Maryland Historical Society


Baltimore Westside Photography- Part One (Howard Street)

February 10, 2008

For a long time up until the 1960′s/1970′s, Howard and Eutaw streets were the main retail and entertainment districts of Baltimore. Filled to the brim with 3 department stores (Hutzlers, Stewart’s, and Brager-Gutman’s), 3 major theatres (the Mayfair, the Maryland (connected to Congress/Kernan Hotel) and the Hippodrome), it attracted travellers from around the country to its glories. Suburbanization and white/wealth flight pulled away its most valuable customers and the stores followed suit into the suburbs. For about 30/40 years, the stores have either layed empty or with low-end stores catering to a lower-income clientele. However, the City of Baltimore as well as the Baltimore Development Corporation and a gaggle of investors are re-investing in the area to create a revitalization similar to that of the Inner Harbor and HarborEast. They hope that pushing out the lower-end stores and rehabbing the storefronts as well as adding new buildings (condominiums, apartments, etc.) will breath new air into the area and revitalize it. However, only time will tell.

Part Two

The following pictures were taken on Howard Street:


St. James Place on the corner of Howard and Franklin streets


Another shot of St. James Place


St. James Place


St. James Place


Last shot of St. James Place with the Congress Hotel peaking out from the right


The Congress Hotel


The Mayfair Theatre


Western High School, now Chesapeake Commons apartments


Another shot of the Chesapeake Commons apartments


Chesapeake Commons Apartments
The Howard Street view of the Chesapeake Common Apartments


Looking east down Centre Street from Howard Street


Martick’s Restaurant Francais on Mulberry Street, 1 block from Howard


A close up of the tile front of Martick’s Restaurant Francais


Another shot of Martick’s Restaurant Francais


Looking west down Saratoga street


The United Optical Center building on the corner of Park avenue and Saratoga street


220-222 Saratoga Street


218 Saratoga Street


Maison Marconi on Saratoga Street, near Cathedral


A closeup of Maison Marconi on Saratoga Street


Looking down W. Saratoga street with the Providence Savings Bank on the left


Providence Savings Bank on Howard Street


Looking south on Howard Street with the Hutzler Brothers department store on the right


The newer addition to the now closed Hutzler Brothers department store


A closeup of the Hutzler Brothers department store entrance


Two buildings that were added to the Hutzler Brothers Complex


A closeup of the Hutzler Brothers department store entrance


The Hutzler Brothers building, which was built before the brick one on the right


Stewart’s department store, now converted into the world headquarters for Catholic Relief Services


Centerpoint Apartments on Howard and Baltimore Streets


An old bank that has been converted into a Kentucky Fried Chicken


Avalon Centerpoint Apartments on Howard and Fairmount Streets

The Baltimore National Trust building from Howard and Lombard streets


Apartments on 8 South Howard Street



Part Two of the Baltimore Westside Photography Set


Baltimore History Book Scans Part Three

February 9, 2008

Part one, Part two

The third part of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned:

The following images were scanned from Baltimore: Charm City by Dan Rodricks and Roger Miller


The White Tower Diner


The interior of the Alex Brown and Sons building


Haussner’s Restaurant

The following pages are scanned from Bygone Baltimore by Jacques Kelly


The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company building


The interior of a 1880′s Baltimore mansion


The Rennert Hotel


The Rennert Hotel Dining Room (top) and the Congress Hotel (bottom)


The cornerstone laying ceremony for the Southern Hotel (top left page), the Lobby of the Southern Hotel (bottom left page) and the Emerson Hotel (right page)


The Maryland Theatres with the attached Congress/Kernan Hotel


The left page and right page that shows the Crystal Room in the Emerson Hotel

The following scans are from Baltimore: A Picture History by Francis Beirne and Carleton Jones


The Merchants Exchange and the Shot Tower


The Rennert Hotel


A group of female bicyclists and the interior of an Auchentoroly Terrace home in the 1880′s

Part one and Part two of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned


Baltimore History Book Scans Part Two

February 9, 2008

Part one, Part Three

The second page of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned:

These scans are from Lost Baltimore: A Portfolio of Vanished Buildings by Carleton Jones


The Baltimore Exchange and Custom House


The St. James Hotel


The Baltimore-American Building


The Fava Fruit Building


The Farmers and Merchants National Bank


The Rennert Hotel


The Altamont Hotel


The Marburg Tobacco Building


The Baltimore & Ohio Headquarters Building


The Emerson Hotel


The Metropolitan Savings Bank


The Old Sun Building


The Tower Building (Maryland Casualty Insurance)


The Colonial Trust Company


The McCormick & Company Building

This page is scanned from Greetings from Baltimore: Postcard Views of the City by Bert Smith


The McCormick Building and the Recreation Pier

This page is scanned from Baltimore Transitions by Mark Miller


Liberty Street looking north from Lexington Street (1918), notice the Rennert Hotel in the upper right hand corner

These pages are scanned from Baltimore: When She Was What She Used to Be by Marion and Mame Warring


Demolition of the Merchant’s Exchange


The Alex Brown and Sons Building on Baltimore and Calvert Streets


The Altamont Hotel


The Maryland Theatre attached to the Congress Hotel


The Rennert Hotel

Part one and Part Three of the Baltimore History Book scans


Baltimore History Book Scans Part One

February 9, 2008

On Friday, I scanned quite a few (63 to be exact) pages of the following books on Baltimore History: part two, part three

Baltimore: A Picture History by Francis F. Beirne and Carleton Jones
Baltimore: Charm City by Dan Rodricks and Roger Miller
Greetings from Baltimore: Postcard Views of the City by Bert Smith
Baltimore Transitions by Mark Miller
Lost Baltimore: A Portfolio of Vanished Buildings by Carleton Jones
Baltimore: When She Was What She Used to Be by Marion Warren and Mame Warren
A Guide to Baltimore Architecture by John Dorsey and James D. Dilts

These scans are not designed to copy the book for free usage online but to further enlighten Baltimoreans and non-Baltimoreans on the greatness of our city, in its past and present.

The second part and third part of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned.

The first round of scans (26) are from A Guide to Baltimore Architecture by John Dorsey and James D. Dilts


Pennsylvania Station and the Greek Orthodox Church


The Belvedere Hotel and the Automobile Garage (which is now part of the University of Baltimore)


The Winans House


The Bauernschmidt House and the Valve House


The Syracuse Brothers Company Building and the Paca-Pratt Building


The Abell Building and the Bromo-Seltzer (Emerson) Tower


The Baltimore Equitable Society Building and the Eutaw Savings Bank Building


The Hutzler Brothers Complex and the Provident Savings Bank


Kresge’s Department Store


The Furness House, the Chamber of Commerce Building and the United States Custom House


The Tower Building and the Safe Deposit and Trust Company Building


The Old Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company Building


The Alex Brown and Sons Building and One South Calvert Street


The Equitable Building


The Marburg Tobacco Warehouse


Charles Center South and the Edward A. Garmatz Federal Courthouse


The Hansa Haus and the Savings Bank of Baltimore


The Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Building and the Mechanic Theatre


One Charles Center and the Baltimore Gas and Electric Building


The Masonic Temple, Fidelity Building and the Central Savings Bank


The Commercial Credit Company Annex and the Old YMCA Building


The Hamilton Street Row Houses and the First Unitarian Church


The Engineering Center (Club)


The second page of the Engineering Club and the Thomas-Jencks-Gladding House


Brownstone Row and Asbury House


The St. Ignatius/Center Stage Building

The second part and third part of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned.


Baltimore Architecture Part Three

December 30, 2007

All of these pictures are available at:
http://flickr.com/photos/13766781@N05/sets/72157602391522455/


The Washington Monument looking north on Charles Street


The Washington Monument


The Washington Apartments


Another view of the Washington Apartments


The Stafford Hotel (now apartments) with a monument to John Eager Howard, an American revolutionary war hero


Another view of The Stafford hotel


The Washington Apartments and Stafford Hotel


The Stafford Hotel and Graham-Hughes House


The Graham-Hughes House

Another view of the Graham-Hughes House


Baltimore Architecture Part Two

December 30, 2007

All of these images are available at:
http://flickr.com/photos/13766781@N05/sets/72157602391522455/


Temple Gardens apartment building facing Druid Hill reservoir


Severn Apartments at corner of W. Monument and Cathedral streets in Mount Vernon, Baltimore


Johns Hopkins Hospital


View of downtown Baltimore City from the East


Alpha Phi Alpha building on St. Paul’s street


The Walters Art Gallery on Charles Street


Charles Street facing south from the Washington Monument


Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church


Another view of the Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church


The main building of the Peabody Institute


Another view of the Peabody Institute


The monument to the Marquis de Lafayette in front of the Peabody


The Lafayette Monument from the Peabody


The Hackerman House, which is connected to the Walters Art Gallery


Another view of the Hackerman House


Paris Architecture

December 24, 2007

All these pictures can be found at: http://flickr.com/photos/13766781@N05/sets/72157602336247138/


Arc d’Triomphe


Notre Dame


Berthillon (best ice cream in the world!)


Mansion on the Champs-Elysee


Musee d’Orsay


Clock inside Musee d’Orsay


Houses facing the Hotel Raphael


La Conciergie on the Ile de la Cite


Looking east down the Rue de Rivoli


Hotel de Crillon


Le Louvre des Antiquaires


Place Vendome


Branch of La Samaritaine, the Parisian department store


Legion of Honor Museum


Looking west down the Rue de Rivoli


Palais Royal


Baltimore Architecture Part One

December 24, 2007

All these pictures are available at: http://flickr.com/photos/13766781@N05/sets/72157602391522455/


The Baltimore Trust Building


The World Trade Center


The Monumental Life Building


The Baltimore Trust Building


The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Building


Burke’s Restaurant


The Brewer’s Exchange


The London Fog Factory


HarborEast looking east


Spinnaker Bay Condominiums at HarborEast


Enoch Pratt Free Library


Enoch Pratt Free Library


A former White Coffee Pot restaurant


The Congress Hotel in Baltimore


The Conservatory in Druid Hill Park


The Temple Gardens Apartment Building


The Esplanade Apartment Building


The Esplanade Apartment Building


The Emersonian Apartment Building


The Emersonian Apartment Building


The Chateau Apartment Building


The Riviera Apartment Buildings


The Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore

December 24, 2007

The Belvedere Hotel at the corner of Chase and Charles streets in Baltimore was built in 1903 as the premier hotel in Baltimore and all of Maryland. It was the favored social meeting spot for the debutantes and aristocracy of Maryland in the early 20th century. It was built on the spot of the house of John Eager Howard, a Maryland Revolutionary War hero. The Hotel was designed by Parker and Thomas who designed the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in the 1870’s. Many presidents such as Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, Herbert Hoover, John Kennedy stayed here as well as the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor (who grew up near the Belvedere), General Douglass MacArthur and the Queen of Romania. The Belvedere hit hard times in the 70’s and 80’s as much of Baltimore did, and it was converted into student-housing who mistreated it and eventually restored and converted into condominiums.


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