Photo: Carrollton Viadcut

Robert Vogel, Maryland Historical Trust
Carrollton Viaduct, photograph courtesy Robert Vogel, Maryland Historical Trust

On July 4, 1828, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence and a director of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, laid the cornerstone for the Carrollton Viaduct, with the remark, “I consider this among the most important acts of my life, second only to my signing the Declaration of Independence.” Learn more at Explore Baltimore Heritage.

Photo: Scaffolding at Calvert and Biddle Streets

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Designed by architect Charles Carson for Baltimore banker John S. Gilman, this 1889 Calvert Street mansion is undergoing a major renovation by developers Azola & Associates and partners  to turn the former Inn at Government House into The Ivy – a new boutique hotel in Mt. Vernon. William Painter, inventor and founder of the Crown Cork and Seal Company, lived at the home with his family up through his death in 1906.

Photograph of the William Painter Mansion from “William Painter and his father, Dr. Edward Painter” (1914)