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Charles Center & One Charles Center

 
 
Charles Center & One Charles Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
1. Charles Center & One Charles Center Marker
Inscription. The 14-block Charles Center project, begun in 1958, was the first piece of Baltimore's nationally recognized downtown Renaissance. the 33-acre project was strategically placed between the financial district on the east side and the retail district on the west. The new development consisted of office buildings, apartments, retail space, a hotel, a theatre, and parking facilities. Four older structures in the Charles Center area have remained, the Lord Baltimore Hotel (1928), the Baltimore Gas and Electric Building (1916), the Fidelity Building (1894) and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Building (1905).

The centerpiece of the development was One Charles Center. This 23-story aluminum-and-glass International Style office building constructed in 1962 was designed by Mies Van Der Rohe. The building had a pioneering role in the introduction of the International Style of Modernism to Baltimore.

Baltimore City Heritage Area Sheila Dixon, Mayor
National Register of Historic Places

 
Location. 39° 17.459′ N, 76° 36.924′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of North Charles Street and West Lexington Street when traveling south on North Charles Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near
Charles Center & One Charles Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
2. Charles Center & One Charles Center Marker
this postal address: 100 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. Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Old St. Paul's (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cecilius Calvert (about 500 feet away); To Commemorate the Inauguration of a Chemical Industry in America (about 500 feet away); Inspired Words (about 700 feet away); Joshua Johnson (about 700 feet away but has been reported missing); The Lenore (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baltimore City Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Lexington and Charles Streets, West, 1924<br>Artist: Pullinger, Herbert, 1878-1961 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
3. Lexington and Charles Streets, West, 1924
Artist: Pullinger, Herbert, 1878-1961
This 1924 print looking west on Lexington Street shows the Baltimore Gas & Electric building without its modern addition. To the right of the image is Fidelity and Deposit Building. This area today is the northern part of Charles Center, and is closed to vehicular traffic.
Close-up of photo on marker
Baltimore City Fair image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
4. Baltimore City Fair
The Baltimore City Fair was first held on the plaza in Charles Center in the 1970s to celebrate Baltimore's many ethnic neighborhoods.
Close-up of photo on marker
One Charles Center image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
5. One Charles Center
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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