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This is a tough one.  Can you name this Fell's Point landmark that I photographed in November, 1979 prior to its restoration? Built in 1765, it is Baltimore's oldest urban residence.  The answer along with a present-day photo is at the end of the page.


This website is an on-going list of walks, talks, and tours that relate to Baltimore history and architecture.  The site was created for the benefit of my students, friends, and colleagues who often inquire about upcoming events. I update the site every week.   My e-mail address is: wayne.schaumburg@gmail.com .  Please feel free to comment or make suggestions.


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Spring Semester 2015 Courses on Baltimore History and


  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Roland Park Country School --Kaleidoscope Program
  • Hopkins University -- Odyssey Program
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University - Renaissance Institute

For course offerings, click on the tab to the left:  Spring / Fall Courses

Baltimore City Historical Society:  2015 Baltimore History Evenings

Third Thursday of every month from January to June at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Learning Center,  2521 St. Paul Street  --  The lecture series is free and open to the public.

  • March 19th:  Eliza Anderson and The Observer:  A Pioneering Woman in Early 19th Century Baltimore --  Natalie Wexler
  • April 16th:  Making Equality Work:  Radical Women in 1970s Baltimore  --  Jodi Kelber-Kye, April Householder, and Betsy Nix
  • May 21st:  The Mystery of the Mahogany Box:  Maxmilian Godefroy and the Defense of Baltimore, 1806-1815  -- Ed Papenfuse
  • June 18th:  Pests of Our Past:  The History of Vermin in Baltimore -- Dawn Biehler

For more information, visit www.historicbaltimore.org.

Cockeysville Senior Center  -  Baltimore History Talk

Monday, April 13th at 10:30 a.m.  Join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg for an illustrated talk on Waterfront Baltimore and Its Historic Communities.  The program will trace the history of the port of Baltimore and look at communities that have developed along the harbor: Fell's Point, Federal Hill, Locust Point and Canton. The program is free and open to the public.  Cockeysville Senior Center is located at 10535 York Road just north of Warren Road.  For more information, call 410-887-7694. 


Patterson Park Pagoda   

The famous Patterson Park Observatory will re-open on Sunday, April 19th. Designed by Charles H. Latrobe and completed in 1891, the "Pagoda" is one of the best known landmarks in the park.  This octagonal Victorian structure has a spiral staircase that leads to three levels, each providing great views of the city.   The Pagoda will be open Sundays through October  from noon to 6 p.m.  Operated, maintained, and staffed by The Friends of Patterson Park, the Pagoda is free and open to the public.   


Homewood Museum Symposium  --  From Fell's Point to Homewood Farm:  Perspectives on Slavery in Baltimore            

Sunday April 19th from 1-5 p.m.  This program will explore the lives of enslaved people who made possible the lifestyle enjoyed by the prominent Carroll family of Homewood during the first quarter of the 19th century.  A country estate and 130-acre farm, Homewood was home to approximately twenty slaves who worked the house and labored in the fields.  The presenters for the symposium will look as various aspects of slavery in Baltimore. The  speakers include Dr. Philip Morgan and Dr. Harry C. Black from Johns Hopkins University; Abby Schreiber from Towson University; and Dr. Karsonya Whitehead from Loyola University of Maryland.  The program is free and open to the public.  However, reservations are required as seating is limited. For more information and reservations call 410-516-5589 or email homewoodmuseum@jhu.edu Guests are invited to tour Homewood Museum before the symposium from noon to 1 p.m.  Homewood Museum is located at 3400 N. Charles Street on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.



Baltimore Heritage Walking Tour

Fell's Point as Boomtown, Sunday, March 29th from 1-3 p.m. -- $ -- In the years leading up the Revolutionary War and thereafter, Fell’s Point was a bustling port on the Chesapeake Bay with a naturally deep harbor and residents eager to get rich and grow their town.  Join Dr. Edward Papenfuse, retired State Archivist and historian, for a walking tour of Fell’s Point to learn about the people and places that were at the heart of Baltimore’s early years.  For more information and reservations, call 410-332-9992 or visit info@baltimoreheritage.org.  This tour is part of the 250th anniversary of the Robert Long House (See the photos at the beginning and end of this website).            

Pikesville Senior Center  --  Baltimore History Talk

Friday, April 17th at 1 p.m.  Join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg for an illustrated talk on Baltimore's Architectural Heritage:  A Dozen Outstanding Landmarks. The program will focus on the great variety of architecture that can be found in the city.  Some of the landmarks we will look at include Homewood Mansion, the Basilica, the Shot Tower, City Hall, Druid Hill Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Temple Oheb Shalom, and others. The  program is free and open to the public.  Pikesville Senior Center is located at 1301 Reisterstown Road.  For more information, call  410-887-1245. 

City Hall  --  "It's More Than History" -- Brown Bag Lunch Series

Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. in the Board of Estimates Room at City Hall located at 100 Holliday Street --  The programs are free and open to the public, and participants are invited to bring their lunch to the program.  Please note the participants will need a vaild ID to enter City Hall.

  • Friday, March 20th  -- Hazel Gresham as "The Other Rosie the Riveter."   Commemorating the 70th year since the end of World War II, actress Rhonda Robinson will bring to life the stories of the African American and women workers at Baltimore’s Martin Aircraft Company. The story focuses on Hazel Gresham, a real life “Rosie the Riveter” who worked at Martin’s Canton factory in its Colored Division. Historical documents, photos, and the performance of songs help shed light on this fascinating piece of Baltimore’s industrial and social history.  

Preservation Society:  Robert Long House Anniversary 

 Join the Preservation Society of Fell's Point as it celebrates one of its most historic landmarks.  The Robert Long House, Baltimore's oldest urban residence, has been standing at 812 South Ann Street since 1765.  (See the January 18th Baltimore Sun article by Andrea F. Siegel.)  

To celebrate its 250th anniversary, the Preservation Society is planning a series events this year that began with a reception on January 22nd.   A series of free lectures, beginning in March, will take place in the Lucretia Fisher Visitor Center located at 1724 Thames Street in Fell's Point. All programs begin at 7 p.m. with a reception to follow.  For more information, call 410-675-6750.

  • March 26th:  "Economic Development in 18th century Fell's Point" with Dr. Edward Papenfuse
  • April 30th :  "The African-American Community in Fell's Point 1760-1860"  with Dr. Helena Hicks

  • October 15th:  "Immigration into Fell's Point, 1870-1930 with Dr. Jean Baker

  • November 12th:  Panel discussion on "Historic Preservation and Economic Development" with Joseph Cronyn, Mel Freeman, and Thomas Stosur. 


Maryland Historical Society Exhibit:  Images of a Vanished Baltimore

Through February -- $ --  Jacob Glushakow painted scenes of  everyday Baltimore:  the harbor, city markets, and most importantly the vanishing landscape of the city.  A graduate of City College in 1933, he served in World War II. Afterward he attended the Maryland Institute of Art.  Over the course of his life he sketched and painted over 1,000 works.  The exhibit:  "Images of a Vanished Baltimore:  The Art of Jacob Glushakow" runs through February.  The Maryland Historical Society is located at 201 West Monument Street.  For more information, call 410-685-3750.


Enoch Pratt Free Library -- Programs

  •  Saturday, April 25th, 11 a.m.  --  Authors Sally Johnston and Lois Zanow will present an illustrated talk based on their book, Monuments to Heaven:  Baltimore's Historic Houses of Worship.  The program is free and open to the public.  The Roland Park Branch is located at 5108 Roland Avenue just south of Deepdene Road.  For more information, call 410-396-6099.


Irish Railroad Workers Museum  -  Walking Tour 

Wednesday, March 25th from 10:30 a.m. to noon --  Judge Tom Ward will present the West Baltimore neighborhood which welcomed our ancestors who survived the Great Hunger. They thrived on its modest streets, where they established homes, earned a decent living, educated their children and worshipped freely. The tour includes visits to the Irish Railroad Workers Museum, the former site of St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, the Hollins Street Market, and others. The tour begins in the parking lot of the B&O Railroad Museum located at West Pratt and Poppleton Streets and is free and open to the public, but donations to the museum are always welcomed.  For more information and reservations, call 410-347-4747 or visit www.irishshrine.org


Early Women Architects of Maryland Exhibit  

Thursday, March 19th,  5:30 p.m. at Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning -- 1888 marked the first year a woman became a licensed architect in the United States. Although women architects have been practicing in the United States from for more than one hundred and thirty years, they lack a prominent presence in history books, popular culture, or even in a
modern day architect’s common knowledge.

The Early Women Architects of Maryland Exhibit delves into the history of the remarkable women who, despite all odds against them, became the early practicing architects in the state of Maryland. Who were they? Where did they study? Where did they go on to practice? These women paved the way for future women architects, designers, and even working professionals as a wholeJoin us in a Open Gallery and Presentation telling the story of these remarkable women who practiced from the 1920s to the 1960s.  the School of Architecture and Planning is located at 5201 Perring Parkway opposite Ingram Road.  For more information, call 443-885-3225.


 Star Spangled Banner Flag House   --  Book Talk

Saturday March 28th, 1 p.m.  - $ -  Authors Sally Johnston and Pat Pilling will discuss their new book, Mary Young Pickersgill Flag Maker of The Star-Spangled Banner.  The Flag House is located at 844 East Pratt Street next door to the Reginald Lewis African American Museum.  For more information, call 410-837-1793.  

Friends of Druid Hill Park  --  Historic Walking Tour

 Sunday, March 29th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  $  Join the Friends of Druid Hill Park on our Historic Walking Tour of Druid Hill Park. This major urban park of 745 acres is one of the oldest urban parks in the country and a direct result of the early American Public Parks Movement. Only Central Park in New York City, 1858, and Fairmont Park in Philadelphia, 1859, pre-date Druid Hill Park. Learn about the Boat Lake where generations of Baltimoreans skated and boated, walk the Grand Promenade and see the location of the Moorish Bandstand, hear about the Mansion House, the last original remaining structure in the park and the Maryland House, built for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia and moved to Druid Hill Park. Visit the Rogers' Family Cemetery, final resting place of Revolutionary War hero Nicholas Rogers. Learn how monuments to William Wallace, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and Richard Wagner found their way to the park. Visit Druid Lake’s National Engineering Landmark earthen dam, and the formerly segregated swimming pool and tennis courts. Check out the views from the Moorish Tower. Tours begin at the Howard P Rawlings Conservatory located at the Gwynns Falls entrance to Druid Hill Park.  Please note that this tour includes significant walking.

Baltimore Heritage -- Spring Walking Tours:  Baltimore By Foot

Discover the rich history and culture of several Baltimore neighborhoods by joining the spring walking tours.  $  Space is limited and reservations are required.  Contact Baltimore Heritage at 410-332-9992 or visit www.baltimoreheritage.org.

  • Saturday, April 18th, from 10 a.m. to noon -- Lafayette Square By Foot -- Explore one of the grand residential squares of west Baltimore with Arlene Fisher and David Gleason.

  • Saturday, April 25th, from 10 a.m. to noon -- Mt. Washington By Foot -- Summer Retreat to Neighborhood Village  -- Explore a mill town that became a popular summer retreat by the 1870s with Karin Brown.

  • Saturday, May 2nd,  from 10 a.m. to noon --  Hampden -- From Cotton Duck to Duck Confit -- Explore 100 years of history with Nathan Dennies.

  •  Saturday, May 9th, from 10 a.m. to noon --  Highlandtown -- Immigration and Enterprise --  Founded in 1866 outside the city limits largely by Germans, Kari Snyder will explore the rich history and current happenings in this well known Baltimore neighborhood.

  • Saturday, May 16th, from 10 a.m. to noon -- Pigtown -- Railroads, Renewal and Dollar Houses -- Brandy Tomhave will tell the story of this diverse and historic neighborhood that dates to the 1830s and the beginnings of the B&O Railroad.

Friends of the Perry Hall Library --  Local History Talks 

  • March 31st at 7 p.m.  --  Ed Hawkins from the Baltimore Museum of Industry will discuss the garment industry in Baltimore.  In 1900, this industry was the largest employer in the city.

  • Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.  --  Glen Porter and Andrea Staschask from Jerusalem Mills will discuss this popular historical site in Kingsville.

  • Wednesday, June 10th at 7 p.m.  --  Jeff Korman, former director of the Maryland Department at Pratt Central Library, will present a talk on Baltimore history.

All three talks are free and open to the public.  The Perry Hall Branch of Baltimore County Public Library is located at 9685 Honeygo Boulevard.  For more information, call 410-887-5195.

Walters Art Museum:  Exhibits

  • Through April, 2016 --  From Rye to Raphael:  The Walters Story brings together for the first time an extraordinary group of art and artifacts to illustrate the intriguing stories behind the magnificent gift to the City from the Walters family.  The exhibit includes 200 works of art along with numerous photographs of the family.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular museum hours.  Walters Art Museum is located at Charles and Centre Streets, one block south of  the Washington Monument.  For more information, call 410-547-9000.

  • Rinehart's Studio:  Rough Stone to Living Marble -- March 29 through August 30th -- This new exhibit explores the workshop of 19th century sculptor William Henry Rinehart who was born in Carroll County and is buried in Green Mount Cemetery.  Today the Walters Art Museum  contains an extensive collection of Rinehart's works including "portrait sculptures" of Walters family members.
The Walters Art Museum is located at 600 North Charles Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday (through 9 p.m. on Thursdays).  Admission to the museum, is free.  For more information, call 410 - 547-9000Contact the museum for special guided tours of these two exhibits on selected Sundays each month from 1-2 p.m.

B&O Railroad Museum Exhibit  --  The War Came By Train:  1865

Grand Opening Weekend:   Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th   $   2015 marks the final year of the Civil War sesquicentennial ending with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and his funeral train through the heart of the Union States. The first stop on the mournful journey was the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Camden Station in Baltimore City. This weekend only see the reenactment of Lincoln's funeral with an exact replica of Lincoln's coffin, period music, and military and civilian re-enactors. A Civil War locomotive decorated as Lincoln's funeral train and special exhibits about Lincoln's funeral train and life after the War will be highlighted in this final segment of the 5-year exhibit which will run through the remainder of 2015.  The B&O Railroad Museum is located at 901 West Pratt Street.  For more information, call 410-752-2490. 

Homewood Museum Exhibit  --  Making a Museum, The Peale Family in Early Baltimore

Through May 31st  --  $ -- Charles Willson Peale, his sons, nieces and nephew were artists and naturalists whose portraits, miniatures, still lifes and silhouettes provide an eloquent and detailed chronicle of the most notable people and events of the republic’s early history. In addition to a selection of the family’s Baltimore-related artwork, the exhibit explores the history of the landmark museum and portrait gallery opened in Baltimore by Rembrandt Peale in 1814.  Located on Holliday Street just north of City Hall, the Peale Museum is poised to reopen after restoration as the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture.

Homewood Museum is located at 3400 North Charles Street on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.  For more information, call 410-516-5589.

War of 1812 Bicentennial

 Baltimore continues to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  To learn more about Baltimore and the war visit www.starspangled200.org.         

Other links to explore:

  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
  • Baltimore National Heritage Area
  • Eastern Shore 1812 Consortium
  • Fort McHenry
  • Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
  • Maryland Historical Society 
  • www.upperbay1812.com - Covers the upper Chesapeake Bay region in the war; includes timeline, notable people, sites of interest, and bicentennial events
  • www.1812music.org - created by Dr. David Hildebrand and the colonial Music Institute; includes music from the period of the war
  • www.starspangledtrail.net - excellent site that ties in with the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Maryland Historical Society - War of 1812 Exhibit -Through June, 2015  Entitled In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812, this exhibit retells the dramatic story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake region through displays, a gallery devoted to the defenders of Baltimore, and more than 100 artifacts including the original Star-Spangled Banner manuscript. The Maryland Historical Society is located at 201 West Monument Street just west of Park Avenue. For more information, call 410-685-3750.

    Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

    "Family of Flagmakers:  The Women Who Created the Star-Spangled Banner" tells the story of Mary Pickersgill, the woman who created the Star-Spangled Banner, her family and her household. It is the first exhibit in history to focus on this exceptional woman's life and her incredible achievement: the creation of the flag that inspired our American National Anthem. The exhibit invites visitors to experience different aspects of Mary's life and the events surrounding the creation of the famous flag. It will feature many one-of-a-kind objects from the Flag House collection: the original receipt for the Star-Spangled Banner, on display for the first time in decades; the Lightner drum, carried by drummer boy Henry Lightner, who sounded the alarm when the British attacked Fort McHenry; and original fragments of the Star-Spangled Banner, cut from the awe-inspiring 30 x 42 foot flag.  The Flag House is located at 844 East Pratt Street.  $  For more information, call 410-837-1793.

        Baltimore City Historical Society Annual Meeting

        Saturday, June 20th 10 a.m. at Robert E. Lee Park Pavilion #2 located at 1000 Lakeside Drive.  The meeting which includes the election of new officers will be followed by a guided history walk through the Lake Roland historic district.  The program is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 410-685-3750, ext 379.





        War of 1812:   Interpretive Resources 

        StarSpangled200.com Interactive Websites


        Both  Key Cam and War of 1812 Interactive Battlefield Maps were designed to promote, educate, and inform a wide audience about Francis Scott Key, significant War of 1812 battles in the Chesapeake region and the upcoming 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

         KeyCam.com, has four web cams that are fixed on Fort McHenry in Baltimore and is designed to give the same view that 200 years ago inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words to what would later become our National Anthem.

        The War of 1812 Interactive Battlefield Maps, www.1812battles.com, feature cutting-edge maps that through animation highlight four significant battles of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: the Battle of St. Leonard Creek, the Battle of Bladensburg, the Battle of North Point and the Battle of Baltimore. Each map provides an historical context of the battle, along with images, artwork, and video highlighting the history of each battle. Users can experience the battles in the Chesapeake Bay landscape as it was during the War of 1812 or toggle to the modern landscape of 2014.




        Civil War Sesquicentennial

        • B&O Railroad Museum - Civil War Exhibit - $ The War Came By Train is a four year exhibit celebrating the role of the B&O Railroad in the Civil War. It includes the largest collection of Civil War railroad equipment in the world along with significant military and personal artifacts.  The final segment,  "1865" will deal with the Lincoln assassination and opens on the weekend of April 18th.  For more information, call 410-752-2490. The B&O Museum is located at 901 W. Pratt Street.
        • Maryland Historical Society: Civil War Exhibit - Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War commemorates the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. $ The largest Civil War exhibit in the museum's 167-year history will tell the story of the conflict in three parts: the romantic war, the real war, and the long reunion. The Maryland Historical Society is located at 201 W. Monument Street just west of Park Avenue. For more information, call 410-685-3750 or visit www.mdhs.org.
        • Baltimore Civil War Museum - Located in the old President Street Station that was built in the 1850s, the museum tells the story of Baltimore's role in the Civil War. The museum is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is located at 601 South President Street. For more information, call 443-220-0290.



         Green Mount Cemetery Walking Tours

        The next set of walking tours through historic Green Mount Cemetery will take place on Saturday May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and June 6th - $ - Opened in 1839 as the city's first urban-rural cemetery, Green Mount is the final resting place of Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, William and Henry Walters, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Theodore McKeldin, John Wilkes Booth, Betsy Patterson, Walter Lord, and other famous Marylanders. Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. from the main gate located at Greenmount Avenue and East Oliver Street, and are led by Baltimore historian Wayne R. Schaumburg. Reservations are required. For more information on the tours, call 410-256-2180 or email wayne.schaumburg@gmail.com.  



        New Books on Baltimore History and Architecture for 2015

        Teresa Mayer, Ancestors of Worthy Life:  Plantation Slavery and Black Heritage at Mount Clare

        Dan Connolly, 100 Things Oriole Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

        Jim Henneman, Baltimore Orioles:  60 Years of Oriole Magic (due out in May) 

        Baltimore Museum of Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art:  Celebrating a Museum

        Douglas Munro, Images of America:  Greater Roland Park




        This Week in Baltimore's History:


        March 24th:  1881:  Mayor Ferdinand Latrobe approved resolutions to place drinking fountains at three intersections in the city.  

        ----------------:  1969:  Baltimore Bullets rookie Wes Unseld was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player.  The 6-foot-7 center averaged 13 points and 18 rebounds while leading the Bullets from a last place finish to the Eastern Division title in one year.


        March 25th1949:  Baltimore's old Lexington Market, two blocks long under one roof, burned to the ground.  The heaviest damage was in the part of the market that dated back to 1803.  The six-alarm fire involved 24 engine companies, 6 truck companies, 2 high pressure units and 165 firemen.  Although the market was a total loss, there were no fatalities in the blaze.


        March 26th:  1847:  The Eutaw Savings Bank was founded.  From  1857 to 1887, the bank occupied the building on the southeast corner of Fayette and Eutaw Streets (later the Baltimore Equitable Society).  In 1887, a new building went up directly across the street. That building closed in 1984, but was later incorporated into the revival of the Hippodrome Theater. 

        ----------------:  1868:  Regular steamship service between Bremen, Germany and Baltimore was opened with the arrival of the Baltimore  at Locust Point.  The ship was part of the North German Lloyd Line which two years earlier had agreed to establish regular service between the two cities.  From Baltimore, ships carried tobacco, cotton, and coffee.  From Bremen came shiploads of immigrants from the countries of northern and eastern Europe.  Between 1868 and 1900, over 610,000 immigrants arrived in Baltimore, most of them aboard  ships of the North German Lloyd Line.

        March 27th:  1958:  The Greater Baltimore Committee presented its plans for the new Charles Center project which would involve the development of 32 acres of the central business district running from Saratoga Street on the north to Lombard Street on the south, and from Charles Street on the east to Liberty Street and Hopkins Place on the west.


        March 28th:  1931: It was announced that the new addition to Margaret Brent School (#53) at St. Paul and 26th Streets would be ready for the start of the fall term. 

        March 29th: 1942:  Baltimore was buried under 22 inches of wet snow in the famous "Palm Sunday Snow Storm."  Cars were abandoned  and public transportation came to a stop.  Rising temperatures on the day after the storm, however, melted the snow as quickly as it had arrived.

        ---------------: 1984:  "A date which would live in infamy" for Baltimore football fans.  The Colts left town in the middle of a snowstorm as the Mayflower moving vans departed Owings Mills training complex for Indianapolis.   

        ----------------:  1996:  In a phone poll sponsored by the Baltimore Sun, football fans chose the name "Ravens"  for the city's new NFL team over "Americans" and "Marauders."  ------ good choice! 

        March 30th:  1972:  Eleven year-old "Fearless" Morrison won the national championship in a dribble-and-shoot basketball competition.  The four-foot, two-inch boy scored 10 baskets in 30 seconds. 

        March 31st:  1783:  A group of young men presented "The Siege of

        Damascus" to raise funds for the construction of a bridge over the Jones Falls on Market (now Baltimore) Street.

        ---------------:  2003:  The Orioles weather a freak snow shower that led to a delay in the middle of the Opening Day game against the Cleveland Indians.  The Os went on to win the game 6-5.


         Website updated on 03/24/2015



        Photo Answer:  

        Located at 812 South Ann Street near Thames Street in Fell's Point, the Robert Long House is the oldest surviving residence of Baltimore.  The house was completed in 1765 by merchant Robert Long originally from York, Pennsylvania.  In addition to the house, Long also owned a waterfront warehouse on Thames Street.  In 1774, he married married Mary Norwood.  She died in 1783, two years after he sold his house to William Travis.

        In terms of architecture, the house includes some features not common to Baltimore houses at that time.  The "shed" dormer window on the roof and the "pent roof" between the first and second floors reflect elements of Pennsylvania architecture. 

        The brick for the house was hand-made, and laid in the Flemish bond style.  The headers (ends of each brick) were glazed to give the fašade of the house a checkerboard-like pattern, clearly a different appearance than other brick houses in Baltimore at that time.

        After Long left Baltimore, the building was used for several different purposes.  A third floor was added after the Civil War.  See the two black-and-white photos below (1912 and ca. 1930).  The Preservation Society of Fell's Point and Federal Hill acquired the Long House in 1975 and began the restoration work in 1980.  Today, the house and adjoining garden are open to the public.  This year the Preservation Society will celebrate the 250th birthday of the house with a series of events beginning with a party and reception on January 22nd.  See the listing above for information about the event.  (See the article on the Robert Long House in the Real Estate section of the Sunday Sun from January 18th)



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