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McKeldin Plaza

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 8, 2021
1. McKeldin Plaza Marker
Inscription.  
Welcome to McKeldin Plaza, dedicated to Theodore R. McKeldin, a pioneer in urban development who served multiple terms as Baltimore Mayor and Governor and who, in May of 1963, first proposed the development of the Inner Harbor.

When it first opened in 1982, the plaza design featured a large fountain with cascading water that provided a link between the Inner Harbor and Convention Center. The Waterfall fountain was provided through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey M. Meyerhoff and the Citizens of Baltimore. Over the years, as Downtown expanded its office district and became a popular visitor destination, the Plaza became an important civic gathering spot where Baltimoreans celebrated holidays and watched parades or exercised their First Amendment freedoms to speak out about important news.

Today, McKeldin Plaza sits in one of the country's fastest-growing population and employment centers. Its current design is the result of a community-led process to create a more open and adaptable space that can be used, all year long, for events, concerts, picnics, and large gatherings. Where once there was concrete, there
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 8, 2021
2. McKeldin Plaza Marker
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is now a Chesapeake Bay-friendly lawn and shade trees. Materials from the old fountain have been repurposed into architectural elements that frame the space, which is now a more open and welcoming visual gateway into Downtown Baltimore from the south.
 
Erected by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore; The City of Baltimore, Maryland; The State of Maryland; Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development; Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore; The McKeldin Family; Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds; T. Rowe Price; The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; One East Pratt; Miles & Stockbridge; 100 East Pratt; Harborplace/Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp.; Anonymous.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkGovernment & PoliticsParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1963.
 
Location. 39° 17.165′ N, 76° 36.761′ W. Marker is in Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of East Pratt Street and Light Street (Maryland Route 2), on the right when traveling east on East Pratt Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 E Pratt St, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore Riot Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Theodore R. McKeldin (within shouting distance of this marker);
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 8, 2021
3. Plaque on the grounds of McKeldin Plaza
Welcome (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Center (about 400 feet away); USS Constellation (about 500 feet away); Baltimore’s Maritime Heritage (about 500 feet away); The Port of Baltimore (about 500 feet away); Mob Scene (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inner Harbor.
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 8, 2021
4. McKeldin Plaza
A Visionary
for Development in Baltimore City
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 8, 2021
5. McKeldin Plaza
Theodore Roosevelt McKeldin
Nov. 20, 1900 - Aug. 10, 1974 | Mayor of Baltimore 1943-1947, 1963-1967 | Governor of Maryland 1951-1959
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 8, 2021
6. McKeldin Plaza
An Advocate
for Equality of Baltimore's Citizens
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 8, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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