Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Enoch Pratt House
Pratt and his wife built their home on the southwest corner of Park Avenue and Monument Street in 1845. As they had no children, Pratt gave much of his time and wealth to Baltimore's cultural and charitable institutions, serving as a trustee of the Peabody Institute as well as treasurer and chairman of its library committee. He founded the House of Reformation and Instruction for Colored Children at Cheltenham, and the Maryland School for the Deaf and Dumb at Frederick. In 1885 construction began on the Enoch Pratt Free Circulating Library. After constructing a central library building and four neighborhood branches, he presented them to the city along with a $1 million endowment indented for the perpetual support of a free public library system in Baltimore.
In 1916, as a memorial to her husband H. Irvine Keyser, Mary Washington Keyser presented the former Enoch Pratt residence and its land to the MdHS as its permanent home.
Erected 2008 by the City of Baltimore, Shiela Dixon, mayor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
Location. 39° 17.84′ N, 76° 37.122′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of West Monument Street and Park Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Monument Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Full Glory (here, next to this marker); H. Irvine Keyser (a few steps from this marker); Maryland Historical Society (a few steps from this marker); Striving for Civil Liberties: The Progressives of Mount Vernon (within shouting distance of this marker); On To Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); King Gambrinus, 1879 (within shouting distance of this marker); Grace and St. Peter's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Revels (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. • Charity & Public Work •
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