Overview - A celebration of the cherished parts of Baltimore that are no longer Baltimore today is visited by millions of tourists who come to see the world-famous Inner Harbor, sample mouth-watering blue crabs, take in an Orioles game at legendary Camden Yards, or explore the many cultural and higher education institutions. Read more...
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A celebration of the cherished parts of Baltimore that are no longer
Baltimore today is visited by millions of tourists who come to see the world-famous Inner Harbor, sample mouth-watering blue crabs, take in an Orioles game at legendary Camden Yards, or explore the many cultural and higher education institutions. Locals, meanwhile, enjoy living in a city that is large enough to provide great restaurants and plenty of special events, while it retains its small-town attitude that has earned it its "Charm City" nickname. However, many locals and tourists may not know that Baltimore was once a bustling port city where manufacturing, shipping, and shipbuilding dominated the industrial center of downtown Baltimore. Lost Baltimore
features rarely published images of homes, buildings, industrial ports, and other commercial entities that have been razed, damaged, and significantly altered over the years, including the large estates of north Baltimore, Merchants' Exchange, Union Station, Electric Park, Rennert Hotel, Light Street Wharves, downtown theaters, Memorial Stadium, Hutzler's Department Store, and Bethlehem Steel. Also included are the devastating Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 and the iconic buildings that perished, such as the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad headquarters, the Sun Iron Building, and the News American Building. Lost Baltimore
also covers important historical events that have shaped the physical landscape and societal fabric of Baltimore--the heartbreaking move by the Baltimore Colts in 1984, Baltimore's early dominance as the headquarters of national political conventions, Prohibition's effect on the German breweries, the city's changing industrial and commercial makeup, as well as some of the most recent hotly contested historical preservation battles. Open these pages and take a step back in time to reveal the Baltimore that once was.
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Alexander (coauthor of Images of America: Capitol Hill) and Williams (Lost Washington, D.C.) combine images of Baltimore’s architectural history with meticulously researched text, offering a clear, concise vision of the storied city’s past. Organized chronologically from the 1860s through the 2010s, the decades and facades of Baltimore are covered via entries specific buildings, parks, and areas of interest: cast iron bridges, a jail, and the Baltimore Bullets basketball team among many others. The authors trace the narratives of the city and its inhabitants and, in the photographs, bring renewed life to many formerly beautiful structures that have been razed, such as the country estate Montebello. Of particular note is the tale of Merchant’s Exchange, which tells of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the England-born “Father of American Architecture.” Images of buildings that no longer exist illuminate a side of Baltimore no contemporary visitor to the city could see, as does the lore recounted by the authors (including the tale of the mysterious “Poe Toaster,” who would visit Edgar Allan Poe’s grave on the author’s birthday and raise a glass of cognac to his memory). This coffee-table volume will appeal to readers interested in Maryland, as well as those with a passion for architecture and U.S. history. 150 photos. (July)