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Alex. Brown & Sons Company Building
 
Alex. Brown & Sons Company Building Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 12, 2008
1. Alex. Brown & Sons Company Building Marker
 
Inscription. This building was home to Alex. Brown & Sons Company, founded in 1800, the first and oldest continually operating investment banking firm in the United States. The building represents the firm's and Baltimore's importance in the financial world of the nineteenth century.

Built in 1901 to be "fire proof," the building was soon put to the test and survived the Great Fire of 1904 with little damage. The building was designed by Douglas Thomas in the Beaux-Arts style that was rising in popularity in the financial district at the turn of the century. The 1905-1907 addition designed by Beecher, Friz and Gregg was stylistically and materially identical. This building was the first in the United States to be heated exclusively with electricity.

The building was acquired by Chevy Chase Bank of Bethesda, Maryland in 1995. A thorough historical renovation of the building's interior was completed in 1996 when it was reopened as a traditional retail bank branch. The beautiful stained glass dome, probably the work of Baltimore artist Gustave Baumstark (who studied under both Louis C. Tiffany and John LaFarge), was cleaned and refurbished. The marble columns and the plaster moldings of the great banking hall were restored to their original designs. During the renovation the original teller line was reconstructed. Even such details
 
Chevy Chase Bank building Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 12, 2008
2. Chevy Chase Bank building
 
as the design and placement of the freestanding furniture now in existence in the bank branch were designed to mimic the original furniture.

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The Alex. Brown & Sons building was one of the few buildings to survive the Great Baltimore fire of 1904. It was the only one to retain its elaborate architectural facade, marble and bronze interior, and stained glass dome. (Photo taken shortly after the Fire which occurred in February of 1904. Photographer unknown, Collection of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD).
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, Baltimore City Heritage Area and Martin O'Malley, mayor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.37′ N, 76° 36.746′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of South Calvert Street (Maryland Route 2) and East Baltimore Street, on the left when traveling north on South Calvert Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alex Brown Investment Banking Company (a few steps from this marker); Continental Trust Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Munsey Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lovely Lane Meeting House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Equitable Building (about 300 feet away); Wendel Bollman (about 400 feet away); The Battle Monument (about 400 feet away); The Garrett Building (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
The Gustave Baumstark stained glass window Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 24, 2008
3. The Gustave Baumstark stained glass window
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,865 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   3. submitted on April 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
 
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