Built on the former estate of Baltimore’s second mayor, Thorowgood Smith, beginning in the 1840s, Union Square was The Place to live for a new burgeoning class of lawyers, doctors and other professionals. “Millionaire’s Row” ran along Stricker Street adjacent to the park and nearby Hollins Market (the city’s oldest standing public market building) bustled with activity.
Today, with concerts in the park in the summertime, a significant uptick in rehab activity, and the imminent start to reopening H.L. Mencken’s home on the Square, Union Square has a vibrant feel. Join long-time resident and Baltimore historian professor Betsy Nix on a walking tour to learn about the history of this gorgeous neighborhood and how its historic architecture is helping to fuel a rebirth.