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Did you know...
The Maryland Historical Society is located just 2 blocks from the heart of Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District. Within easy walking distance, you’ll find great examples of Baltimore architecture in townhouses, churches; restaurants, shops, galleries and the following attractions:
- Mt. Vernon Place: A park-like square centered at the intersection of Charles and Monument Streets offers plantings, fountains, sculpture and marble balustrades and a great place to lunch, relax or people-watch.
- The Washington Monument: At the center of Mt. Vernon Place, this 178 foot column of white Cockeysville marble was designed by Robert Mills. Construction began in 1819 and the Enrico Causici statue of George Washington was installled on the top in 1829. It is the first monument erected in honor of our first president.
- The Walters Art Museum: In 1931 retired railroad magnate Henry Walters, bequeathed his extensive art collection to the people of Baltimore. Centered in a palazzo-like building at the south west corner of Mt. Vernon Place, the museum displays an amazing collection of art ranging from Egyptian sarcophagi to Impressionist masterpieces.
- The Peabody Institute and Library: George Peabody, a banker and the ‘father of modern philanthropy’ lived in Baltimore between 1816 and 1836. His legacy to the city is the world renowned Peabody Conservatory of Music and the George Peabody Library.
- The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion (Engineers’ Club): Designed by noted architects Stanford White and John Russell Pope, the first section was built in 1872 for B&O Railroad president John Garrett. Among its notable features are the original carved spiral staircase topped by a Tiffany glass dome, paneled library and an enormous ballroom.
- The Basilica of the Assumption: Designed by Benjamin Latrobe and completed in 1821, the Basilica is one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world, and the nation’s first Catholic cathedral.
- The Enoch Pratt Free Library: Funded by one of Baltimore’s best known philanthropists, Enoch Pratt, the imposing white marble building at Cathedral and Mulberry Streets opened in 1886 and is one of the oldest free public libraries in the country.
- Antique Row: Baltimore’s famous Antique Row is located just 1 block north on Howard Street. A mix of dealers offer furniture, books, lighting, silver, decorative arts and paintings.