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Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Baltimore Block

 
 
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By David Seibert, September 11, 2011
1. Baltimore Block Marker
Inscription. Baltimore Block was built in 1885 by Jacob J. Rosenthal. Named for the developerís home town, the rowhouses were Atlantaís first apartment-type development and the first to be based on a long-term land lease. Each of the graciously appointed fourteen original units featured central heating and gas fixtures and in accepted Baltimore custom, the land was leased to homeowners for 99 years. For a quarter of a century, the elegant rowhouses were home to socially prominent families and professionals, including the builder himself, who had settled in Atlanta.

Around 1907, the block began to fall out of vogue, and during the 1920ís, four of the buildings were torn down. The remaining units were left derelict, a home to vagrants.

Then, in 1932 came a renaissance, when artistically-minded Atlantans began to buy and restore the rowhouses, converting many to smaller apartments. Since that time, Baltimore Block has been home to artists, writers, journalists, actors, and even a French countess. Unfortunately, two more buildings were destroyed in 1954, after renovators mistakenly removed vital parts of their foundation. During the 1960ís, the block became a mecca for the bohemian set, when a coffeehouse, later a bar, operated out of two of the rowhouses. Later, offices, galleries and small shops began to mix in with the residential units.

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By David Seibert, September 11, 2011
2. Baltimore Block Marker
Interstate 75/85 ("the Connector") is just beyond the fence.
In 1989, the rowhouses, all under a single ownership for the first time, were renovated for use as office space, and a large L-shaped, 5-story addition was completed.
 
Location. 33° 46.083′ N, 84° 23.317′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Baltimore Place 0.1 miles west of West Peachtree Street NW, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is located at the very western end of Baltimore Place, inside a gated/guarded parking area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Baltimore Place NW, Atlanta GA 30308, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint Lukeís Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Georgian Terrace Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. John S. Pemberton (approx. half a mile away); James J. Andrews (approx. half a mile away); Georgia Institute of Technology (approx. half a mile away); The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (approx. half a mile away); Academy of Medicine (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Winecoff Fire (approx. ĺ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Also see . . .  Baltimore Row. This website illustrates Baltimore Block today from the air, showing the “large L-shaped 5-story addition” described
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By David Seibert, September 11, 2011
3. Baltimore Block Marker
Looking east on Baltimore Place: Emory Midtown Hospital (Crawford Long Hospital) is visible in the distance, across West Peachtree Street.
on the marker, now available as office space (Submitted on September 30, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Baltimore Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 11, 2011
4. Baltimore Block Marker
The marker and the entrance to the combined (Baltimore Block and the 1989 addition) facility, now "Baltimore Row."
Baltimore Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 11, 2011
5. Baltimore Block Marker
Baltimore Row: the original 1885 buildings are to the right, with the 1989 addition to the left of the connector. The marker can be seen to the left of the entrance.
Baltimore Block image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 11, 2011
6. Baltimore Block
The remaining 1885 rowhouses
Baltimore Block image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 11, 2011
7. Baltimore Block
Entrances to three of the original townhouses
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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