Hotel Emerson Pamphlet and Article

The Hotel Emerson was a hotel which was opened in 1911 and closed in 1969, was demolished two years later in 1971. The rooms which numbered 500 rooms in the early 1900’s and 450 in the 30’s and 40’s, were a luxury in Baltimore, and was considered one of the four grande dames of Baltimore: The Emerson, The Southern Hotel, The Lord Baltimore and The Belvedere. The hotel was built by Isaac Emerson, of the Bromo-Seltzer fame, who one day during a hot summer meal at the Belvedere Hotel, became too hot and preceded to remove his jacket. Instantaneously, the Maitre’d came over and told him that jackets were to be worn, annoyed by this comment, Isaac went on to build his own hotel, the Emerson. He also built the Bromo-Seltzer tower as well as the Emersonian Apartments on Reservoir Hill. The Emerson was destroyed in a move that would dismay even the most voracious developers, and was considered for usage only as senior housing, as today, such a building would be protected and bogged down by bureaucracy instead of its hasty destruction.

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