Vintage Baltimore Architecture

Vintage Baltimore Architecture

Here along the east coast of the US the weather has been mild, almost like an early spring. There is fog in the mornings that burns off as the day warms. A perfect time to walk around with a camera. I rarely venture into downtown land, but it was Saturday & not quite as crazy with traffic as it would normally be.

This building was originally known as the Baltimore Trust Company, but was later known as the Maryland National Bank, then Nations Bank and most recently, the Bank of America Building. This sentence is perhaps more of a comment on America’s ever-changing fortunes in this new millennia.

The Beaux-Arts combination of the historical Gothic style and modern technology was very popular for skyscrapers. Some, like the Woolworth Building in New York or the Chicago Tribune tower, were directly modeled on medieval precedent – just enormously taller. Other early 20th-century skyscrapers combined Gothic verticality with streamlined decorations derived from the new airplane and automobile industries. New York’s Chrysler Building is a prime example. Its contemporary in Baltimore, originally the Baltimore Trust Co., leans more to Gothic than to Art Deco, especially in its cavernous banking floor. At 34 stories and 509 feet, it was Baltimore’s tallest building for a generation before being edged out by I.M. Pei’s USF&G tower, 529 feet. Baltimore Trust went bankrupt in the Great Depression, but a succession of banks have maintained this crowning spire of the Baltimore skyline.

I found this information on the baltimoreheritage. org page.

Below are some close-ups of details.

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3 thoughts on “Vintage Baltimore Architecture

    1. I do like the style. i like skyscrapers in general, and some are fantastic. I like the brick against the concrete (or whatever it is), and all the elaborate flourishes. It’s very over the top in all ways. Thanks for commenting Richard. Loving your recent work!

      1. I agree with you – it’s interesting what they kept of the gothic style in this one, and the scale makes it seem quite humorous. I like skyscrapers in general too. Thanks very much!

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