Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Peale Museum
The audience was dazzled on June 11, 1816, when Rembrandt Peale illuminated the museum with burning gas. This feat led to the founding the same year of The Gas Light Company of Baltimore, the first commercial gas company in the country.
In 1830, the City bought the museum for use as the first City Hall. In 1876, the building also served as a public school for African-American children.
Erected by the City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, Mayor, rededicated 2005, Martin O'Malley, Mayor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
Location. 39° 17.509′ N, 76° 36.613′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on North Holliday Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peale's Baltimore Museum (here, next to this marker); Peale's Baltimore Museum - 1814 (here, next to this marker); The Municipal Museum of the City of Baltimore (here, next to this marker); The Harris Bus (a few steps from this marker); Zion Lutheran Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Hiltgunt Margret Zassenhaus (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover Holliday Street: A Stage for Culture, Politics, and Worship (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore City Fire Department (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this marker. The marker features an illustration, labeled Peale's demonstration of gas lighting as imagined by painter McGill Mackall in 1833.
This marker appears to replace a similar (or identical) one erected during the term of Mayor William Donald Schaefer.
Also see . . .
1. Description of the building from the Maryland Historical Trust. (Submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
2. Peale's Baltimore Museum. 225 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Baltimore City. National Register Description. (Submitted on October 4, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,317 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 4, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.