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Brown’s Arcade

 
 
Brown's Arcade Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, February 20, 2008
1. Brown's Arcade Marker
Inscription. Named for the governor who developed it, Brown's Arcade is a unique and early example of adaptive reuse in Baltimore. The four buildings that make up the Arcade were originally constructed as rowhouses in the 1820's. After the Great Fire of 1904, former governor Frank Brown bought 322-328 N. Charles and converted the buildings to shops and offices in an unusual and created departure from standard retail development. Architect Henry Brauns added storefronts, a cornice, bay windows and an arcade that led through the central entrance to a courtyard in the rear and to an adjacent building on Saratoga Street. Thus, the arcade provided a pleasant and whimsical short-cut from the Charles Street shopping area to the Howard Street retail district.

Before his career as a developer, Frank Brown was a member of the House of Delegates, the Postmaster of Baltimore and, from from 1892-1896, Governor of Maryland. He is best remembered for his role in averting violence during the 1894 coal miners' strike in Frostburg. Brown died in Baltimore on February 3, 1920.

Struever Bros. & Eccles renovated the Arcade in 1982, preserving its original charm and architectural detail.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, Struever Bros. & Eccles, sponsor, William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
 
Marker series.
Brown's Arcade Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, February 20, 2008
2. Brown's Arcade
This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.594′ N, 76° 36.928′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on North Charles Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 322 North Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Women's Industrial Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); Rectory of Old St. Paul’s Parish (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John H. B. Latrobe House (about 400 feet away); George Washington Bicentennial Marker (about 400 feet away); Old St. Paul's (about 500 feet away); Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (about 500 feet away); Enoch Pratt Free Library (about 600 feet away); The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
More about this marker. Next to a portrait of Frank Brown is an image of "Brown's original design for the arcade shows a parapet that was later abandoned."
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable Buildings
 
Brown’s Arcade Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
3. Brown’s Arcade Marker
Browns' Arcade Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, February 22, 2008
4. Browns' Arcade
Interior of Brown's Arcade Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, February 22, 2008
5. Interior of Brown's Arcade
Frank Brown Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
6. Frank Brown
close-up of image on marker
The Original Design Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
7. The Original Design
Brown's original design for the arcade shows a parapet that was later abandoned.
close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,673 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   6, 7. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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