As we reflect on the start of hostilities in World War I that began 100 years ago this year, please join us on a tour of the Baltimore War Memorial. In a ceremony that included Ferdinand Froch, Marshall of France and one time commander-in-chief of allied forces during the war, Baltimore broke ground for the War Memorial on November 22, 1921 to commemorate the 1,752 Marylanders who died in the conflict. The building was designed by Laurence Hall Fowler, a noted Baltimore architect who also designed the grand library at Evergreen House as well as many notable private residences.
With the war in mind, the building includes a large mural by Baltimore artist R. McGill Mackall entitled “A Sacrifice to Patriotism” and out front are two stone sea horses carved with the coat of arms of Maryland and the City of Baltimore by sculptor Edmond R. Amateis to represent the “Might of America crossing the seas to aid our allies.” The building remained dedicated to World War I until 1977 when Mayor Schaefer expanded its scope to honor Marylanders who died in all wars in the 20th Century. Our tour will include the building (a designated Baltimore Historic Landmark), as well as the museum and its collection of Maryland military pieces. We hope you can join us.
Photograph of the War Memorial by Blakeslee-Lane, Inc., 1937. Courtesy University of Baltimore, Langsdale Library.
Fall weather is perfect for going new places and exploring the city by bike and bus. We have three new tours lined up over the next few weeks including a beer history themed bike tour, a classical concert at a classical landmark, and a bus tour with local architect Tom Liebel for Doors Open Baltimore.
Baltimore Beer Week 2017 is coming up and Dr. Ralph Brown has volunteered to lead a morning ride on Saturday, October 14 covering breweries and beer-drinkers from the past. The bike tour ends with a sampler flight of beers at the Heavy Seas Alehouse (price included with registration), where we’ll hear from some of the folks making beer in Baltimore today.
The next day, October 15, we’ll be at the War Memorial Building for a tour where we can check out the recent window restoration of this historic landmark and then sit down to enjoy a performance by the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra. We’re excited to partner on this program with the orchestra and to offer a second performance on December 3 with new selections and soloists from the JHU Choral Society and Baltimore School for the Arts chorus.
Finally, you can close out the month with a Doors Open bus tour of local architecture and history from downtown to West Baltimore and back again led by Tom Liebel, architect and chair of Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. Our ride will include stops at six wonderful historic places: the 1814 Peale Museum, Union Baptist Church on Druid Hill Avenue, the Arabber Center off of Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1806 St. Mary’s Seminary Chapel in Seton Hill, the Le Mondo art and performance space on Howard Street, and the War Memorial Building near City Hall by architect Laurence Hall Fowler.
Doors Open Baltimore now includes a full weekend with free open houses and self-guided tours of over fifty sites on Saturday, October 28 and dozens of special events and guided tours on Sunday, October 29. We hope you can be part of this fun annual event!