Artistry in Baltimore takes many shapes, from past artisans who sculpted intricate funeral markers in Green Mount Cemetery to today’s artisans creating works in paper, plastic and metal at Open Works in a historic distribution warehouse. Our tour will start at Open Works, a newly opened maker-space that provides tools and equipment for artists and entrepreneurs to create all kinds of things in all kinds of media. The building is the former distribution warehouse for the Railway Express Agency, and we’ll get a look at their facilities and some of the work going on there.
From Open Works, we’ll cross the street to explore the ornate artistry of Green Mount Cemetery with cemetery guide, Wayne Schaumburg. Opened in 1839, Green Mount was Baltimore’s first urban-rural cemetery with a park-like setting located close to the countryside. Within four years, there were over 600 burials and the cemetery soon became Baltimore’s resting place of choice. It is the final abode of Johns Hopkins, many Garrett family members, Enoch Pratt, William and Henry Walters, Betsy Patterson Bonaparte, Arunah Abell, the Latrobe family, Harriet Lane Johnston, John Wilkes Booth, and many others.