Save the date for the Lafayette Square Festival! Food, music, vendors, and more!
Join One House at a Time for their next auction on Thursday, June 9, 2016. In addition to the 30-plus residential properties regularly featured at these bi-monthly auctions, this event will include three Select Auction properties:
- 801 N. Arlington Avenue – Sellers Mansion, Lafayette Square
- 2500 Eutaw Place – Emerson Mansion, Reservoir Hill
- 21 E. North Avenue – Formerly Odell’s Restaurant and Bar, Charles North
Read the OHAAT Select Auction Bidder Application Instructions for more information on the process.
In the general property auction, only qualified bidders are eligible to participate. Apply to become a bidder. The minimum bid for each residential property is $5,000.00. Titles are delivered free and clear of all liens and encumbrances. You pay only the bid price and your closing costs. To access a property for inspection prior to the auction, contact A.J. Billig, at 410-296-8440.
With roots as a fashionable neighborhood in the 1850s, a Civil War Union hospital, and a spiritual center for Baltimore’s African-American community in the 1930s, Lafayette Square is one of Baltimore’s most intriguing neighborhoods. Join architect David Gleason and neighborhood leader Arlene Fisher for a tour of the fine architecture and history of Lafayette Square.
“Next Saturday’s tour of “Lafayette Square By Foot” carries an accurate secondary description: “Baltimore Thru the Ages!” This neighborhood, constructed around a public park, has ties to the Civil War, slavery, and the monied Victorians who gave way to Baltimore’s African-American upper middle class. Did I mention that jazz legend Billie Holiday once lived around the corner too?
The square itself is a fascinating, if overlooked, urban destination. On a chilly April afternoon, I observed its detached beauty. It was quiet and occupies high ground. You could observe its history in the facades of all the grand mansions. You visualize Baltimore’s 19th-century wealth one minute and the next imagine how those fortunes moved on.”
Jacques Kelly, “Lafayette Square shares its history,” The Baltimore Sun, April 11, 2015.
Join us for our Lafayette Square walking tour this weekend and check out the full list of Billie Holliday Centennial Programs this month. You can also learn more about the history of Lafayette Square with the story of the Civil War Lafayette Barracks and our neighborhood history of Harlem Park.
The first day of spring is here (even if it arrives with a bit of snow) and it’s time for our annual Baltimore by Foot neighborhood walking tours. This year, we’re thrilled to be touring five quite different neighborhoods with resident experts and local historians. Come on one tour or come on them all!
- April 18 – Lafayette Square: Baltimore Through the Ages
- April 25 – Mount Washington: Summer Retreat to Neighborhood Village
- May 2 – Hampden: From Cotton Duck to Duck Confit
- May 9 – Highlandtown: Immigration and Enterprise
- May 16 – Pigtown: Railroads, Renewal, and Dollar Houses
If you missed our Mount Vernon Love Stories Valentine’s walking tour in February, you’re in luck. A cold alert forced us to cancel but we rescheduled with Jamie Hunt to lead the tour again on Sunday, April 12 with a morning and afternoon option. Finally, don’t miss our upcoming tour of the 1889 Jenkins House on Maryland Avenue on March 26 for a look into this historic orphanage that has helped generations of Baltimoreans.