Baltimore Building of the Week: Maryland Institute College of Art Main Building

The Baltimore Building of the Week arrives on Mount Royal Avenue and the campus of the Maryland Institute College of Art for a feature on their 1908 Main Building designed by New York architects Pell & Corbett following a design competition sponsored by the New York Association of Independent Architects.

Image courtesy Jack Breihan

The Beaux-Arts movement in architecture used up-to-date technology clothed in various historical styles. Penn Station (featured last week) employed French Neoclassical elements; MICA’s Main Building revives the Italian Renaissance style. Renaissance palazzos were considered most appropriate for art galleries – the Walters Art Museum is another example.


  1. Lori says:

    …and at the time of the photo, an “up to date technology clothed in various historical styles” of the auto industry! parked along side… a Duster, a Vega, VW, and a Gremlin!

  2. chris says:

    I always enjoy seeing the old pictures from Jack Breihan. I had him as a professor for a couple of classes at Loyola College including his Historic Preservation class. That’s why most of these look familiar to me!

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