When Paul Scott Rhodes purchased the elegant (and enormous) mansion at 4 East Madison Street in Mt. Vernon three years ago, the physician and hotelier knew that it was perfect for his extensive collection of African art and pieces from his collection of Jewish artists, including several signed works in Marc Chagall’s Bible series. Join us and Dr. Rhodes as we peek through the wonderfully restored historic building and learn from the owners’ collection of African art and Judaica along the way.
4 East Madison Street, now a bed and breakfast, dates to the early 1850s as a private residence that in the early 20th century became the country’s first orthopedic clinic. Under the direction of the renowned Hopkins orthopedic surgeon William Steven Baer, patients getting help for their bones here included Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Katherine Hepburn, Errol Flynn and countless others. Now restored back to its historic grandeur, the mansion includes period chandeliers, vintage William Morris wall coverings, Persian carpets, as well as African ritual objects, etchings, lithographs and an extensive Judaica collection. The tour will include wine and cheese.
Our Baltimore Behind the Scenes Tours program has been funded by Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.