Baltimore Buildings – A Kilduff’s look
AAA Building Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street
Built in 1917 : Torn down in 1972.
Started out as a Peerless Auto showroom. Later it housed the offices of the Automobile Club of Maryland offices. We have much more on Mount Royal Avenue and the old car dealerships on the Cars Link.
Baltimore and South Street ( Southwest corner )
|No longer used by the News American paper , which has long ceased operations, the building is still standing and appears to be in fine condition.|
B & O Building
Charles Street and Baltimore Street
( Northwest Corner )
Still in use – Converted into a hotel.
The BAR-B-Q Building is still standing , on Dundalk Avenue, just south of Eastern Avenue. The building has since been converted into a used car dealership, but is currently vacant. The “BAR-B-Q” lettering was removed several years ago.
Lexington Street @ Liberty Street
Building is still standing and I think it was converted into apartments. There is a lot of development is planned for this area along Lexington Street .
North Charles Street
The Boumi Temple on Charles Street at Wyndhurst seemed to be one of those buildings you always saw and figured would be there forever. Situated on a nice parcel of land, away from downtown in a heavy residential area, the building, which spread over acres and had rooms, ballrooms and meeting rooms all over, looked like something out of the Wizard of Oz. The building was razed in the late 1990’s as Loyola College built a sports complex on the site.
The Giant bottle which had been perched on top was removed in 1936, as it had been developing cracks. The building is still in use, minus the giant bottle on top.The tower was built in 1911 and was the tallest building in Baltimore until the 1930’s, towering at 357 feet. The bottle that had been on the top of the building was 51 feet tall, 20 1/2 feet in diameter, and weighed 17 tons. It was designed to revolve at 107 feet a minute, and could be seen for 20 miles, using 596 lights within the bottle and around it.
Candler Building ( Coca Cola Building )
Also seen called the Chandler Building
Still in use
The Candler Building is one of the survivors in Downtown Baltimore. Also known as the Coca Cola Building for years ( They had their offices here ) , the building was intended to look like the drawing seen below, but for reasons unknown, as built like the postcard to the left. The background on the postcard is off, as the Chandler Building, while a bit to the East of most of Downtown’s buildings, has never stood alone like this card would suggest. The building is still open and appears to be doing quite well today . It was also used for many years as the Social Security Offices, before they moved out to Woodlawn.
The Calvert Building, SE corner of St. Paul and Fayette Streets. Built, 1900, to a design of Sperry, York and Sawyer, it was restored after the 1904 fire but later razed in 1971.
Druid Hill Avenue
A building with quite a history from what I understand, an old meeting hall. These days, it sits sadly neglected and boarded up, but it still stands !
Baltimore City Circuit Court House
Still in use
Recently, there have been complaints about the Circuit Court Building in downtown Baltimore City. It was renovated on the inside a few years back, but the air quality inside has been said to be poor. For now though, there is no talk about replacing the structure, which to this day, along with the ” old post office” across the street, continue to serve as Baltimore’s Circuit Courthouses.
Baltimore City Hall Building
City Pier Fell’s Point Baltimore
Still standing !
If you remember the Television show ” Homicide “, this was the building of which you were to believe was the Police Headquarters. There is still a Baltimore Police door decal on the front doors from the filming days. However, the building has never been used as a police building except perhaps for a police boat to dock at, and has always been listed as the Recreation Pier. At the foot of Broadway, parking in this area is tough, but the old building is still in nice condition ( on the outside ) , although I’ve heard rumors the foundation may have some issues. Currently appears to be used by the City.
Liberty and Fayette Streets
Opened in the early 1960’s. In 1964, there were two performances at the Civic Center by the Beatles. There’s more on the Civic Center on Kilduff’s Sports Page. The building is actually built on the site of the ” old Congress Hall”, which held a place in history regarding the Country back in 1776. While it’s not used for all of these events, when it opened, promoters were presenting all types of uses for the building, including : auto shows, basketball games, circuses, dances, motion pictures, xylophone recitals and zebra shows.
( I have no idea where they got the last two, but they are listed in the program for the opening of the Civic Center. ) The building is still used quite often, but every few years, talk comes up for replacing it .
Continental Trust Building
The Mercantile Trust Building was at One South Calvert Street in Baltimore. It was build in 1901 as the Continental Trust Building. Daniel H. Burnham & Co. were the architects. The building was at the hottest point of the 1904 fire and totally consumed. However, the steel frame survived, allowing the existing structure to be rebuilt. By the year 2000 the building was known as One Calvert Plaza. Burham had been the major architect of the “White City” during the Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1892. He later designed the Union Station in Washington, DC.
Fidelity & Deposit Co.
If you look carefully at the facade of this building, you can see the outline of the older Fidelity & Deposit Building. The ” newer ” building was built around the old building.
|Fifth Regiment Armory ( and Convention Hall )
West Hoffman & Howard St.
Still in use.
This neat old building was used for years for the traveling Circus shows , car shows, etc. The roof caught fire years ago, and has since been replaced with a flat one, but the building stands to this day and looks to be in great condition. The Fifth Regiment Armory was built on the site of the old Bolton Estate.
I believe this building was located around Key Highway, with this picture being circa 1919. Not quite sure the history of the building, or if it stands today, but found it in an old book but thought it was neat.
Greyhound Bus Station
Part of Maryland Historical Society Complex
Charles Street and Redwood Street
Converted a bit over the years, this building is still standing to this day.
111 West Franklin Street
Had been one of the City’s oldest dance halls. Known also as the Maryland Dancing Academy. Also had been used as a Cathlic orphanage. Razed in the mid 1920’s, for the building of the new Pratt Library Central Branch.
Greenmount Avenue and Preston Street
This building was built as a complex of various businesses being put into the same building, sharing resources and commonly being known back in the 1920’s as the ” beehive building ” , for all the activity the various small businesses had within the building. Over the years, the building was converted into housing and still stands to this day.
IOOF Building Hall
Druid Hill Avenue
When I first saw this building, I thought it was a old bank. Later, I found out it was an old IOOF Meeting hall, but that’s all I know about it so far. I have yet to find it mentioned in a book or directory.
2801 St Lo Drive , Clifton Park
Lake Montebello Pump House