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The Architecture of Baltimore

An Illustrated History

edited by Mary Ellen Hayward and Frank R. Shivers Jr.
foreword by Richard Hubbard Howland and Robert L. Alexander

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Winner of The 2004 Baltimore Book Festival Mayor's Award of Literary Excellence for Non-Fiction and a 2005 Heritage Book Award given by the Maryland Historical Trust
Winner of the Baltimore Book Festival's Mayor's Award of Literary Excellence

From its trademark row houses to Benjamin Henry Latrobe's landmark Cathedral (now Basilica) of the Assumption, Baltimore architecture can rightly claim to be as eclectic, exciting, and inspiring as that of any American city. Many of its important buildings figure prominently in the oeuvres of leading American architects: Latrobe, Robert Mills, Maximilien...

Winner of The 2004 Baltimore Book Festival Mayor's Award of Literary Excellence for Non-Fiction and a 2005 Heritage Book Award given by the Maryland Historical Trust
Winner of the Baltimore Book Festival's Mayor's Award of Literary Excellence

From its trademark row houses to Benjamin Henry Latrobe's landmark Cathedral (now Basilica) of the Assumption, Baltimore architecture can rightly claim to be as eclectic, exciting, and inspiring as that of any American city. Many of its important buildings figure prominently in the oeuvres of leading American architects: Latrobe, Robert Mills, Maximilien Godefroy, Richard Upjohn, Stanford White, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe among them. Yet Baltimore's distinctive urban environment also owes much to the achievements of local talents, including Robert Cary Long Sr. and Jr., John Rudolph Niernsee and James Crawford Neilson, E. Francis Baldwin and Josias Pennington, Laurence Hall Fowler, Alexander Cochran—not to mention generations of skilled craftsmen and builders.

Baltimore's architecture rewards close study, and in The Architecture of Baltimore contributors and editors Mary Ellen Hayward and Frank R. Shivers, Jr., have brought together an impressive group of scholars, writers, and critics to provide a fresh account of the city's architectural history. The narrative begins by looking at eighteenth-century Georgian buildings that reflect the grandeur of the style, goes on to the prosperous port city's Federal-period achievements, including many country houses with their delicate details, then proceeds to Baltimore's monumental contributions to early nineteenth-century American neoclassical design. Romantic stylings follow, with excursions into the Greek and Gothic Revivals, and the popular Italianate-mode for town and country houses, the soaring spires of churches, and the classical dignity of public spaces like the Peabody Library. Later in the nineteenth century a picturesque eclecticism produced such monuments as the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's Mount Royal Station, as well as intriguing changes to the city's versatile row houses. Contributors discuss the evolution of industrial buildings and the growth of the city's architectural profession. The Architecture of Baltimore also addresses the arrival of modernism in Charm City, examines the origins and challenges of historic preservation, and assesses the Baltimore renaissance of the period 1955-2000, which saw the construction of Charles Center, Harborplace, and the sports complex at Camden Yards.

Here at last we have a comprehensive guide to Baltimore's architectural heritage—lost and still-standing alike. Illustrated with nearly 600 photographs, architectural plans, maps, and details, this impressive work of scholarship also offers an engaging narrative of the history of Baltimore itself—its men and women of all stations, its taste and traditional preferences, its good choices and lamentable ones, and its built environment as a social and cultural chronicle.

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The definitive inventory and guide to the architectural history of one of the premiere old cities of the United States... Any long-established Baltimorean should treasure this volume for its celebration of tradition and innovation. Newly arrived Baltimoreans could find no finer guide to what the place looks like and how it came to be this way—and why.

A handsome 400-pager chronicles the social, political, and economic development of Baltimore along with the architecture.

Everything you always wanted to know about the notable architecture of the city of Baltimore is contained in this single volume 'of forgotten lore,' to paraphrase the Baltimorean Edgar Allen Poe. This book has been lovingly produced by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Over 600 stunning black and white photos, drawings, paintings, and illustrated floor plans that capture the evolution of Baltimore.

Baltimore contains some of the finest architecture in the United States designed by a virtual roll call of leading designers. The reissue of this classic study brought up to date with contributions by both senior and younger historians illuminates the dynamism of recent changes and the growth of historic preservation in Baltimore. Once again the riches of the city are made accessible.

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416
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9780801878060
Illustration Description
480 halftones, 83 line drawings
Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Chapter 1. Georgian Baltimore, 1752–1790
Chapter 2. General Designs, Town and Country, 1789–1819
Chapter 3. Monumental Baltimore, 1806–1831
Chapter 4. The Reign of the Romantics

Foreword
Introduction
Chapter 1. Georgian Baltimore, 1752–1790
Chapter 2. General Designs, Town and Country, 1789–1819
Chapter 3. Monumental Baltimore, 1806–1831
Chapter 4. The Reign of the Romantics, 1829–1878
Chapter 5. Industrial Designs, 1840–1917
Chapter 6. Eclectic City, 1865–1904
Chapter 7. Modernisms, Modernists, and Modernity, 1904–1955
Chapter 8. Building a Renaissance, 1955–2000
Gallery
Notes
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Index

Author Bios
Mary Ellen Hayward
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Mary Ellen Hayward, Ph.D.

Mary Ellen Hayward is an architectural historian and museum consultant who has worked on a number of projects sponsored by the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Humanities Council. She is coauthor of The Baltimore Rowhouse and coeditor of The Architecture of Baltimore: An Illustrated History, also published by Johns Hopkins.
Frank R. Shivers, Jr.
Featured Contributor

Frank R. Shivers, Jr.

Winner of the Baltimore City Historical Society 2003 History Honor, Frank Remer Shivers, Jr., has taught in adult education programs at the Johns Hopkins University, where he was named "Teacher of the Year." He is coauthor of The Architecture of Baltimore: An Illustrated History and author of Maryland Wits & Baltimore Bards: A Literary History with Notes on Washington Writers and Walking in...