Mount Vernon in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Peabody Institute and George Peabody Library
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind designed the main building of the conservatory, which was completed in 1866. The library collection grew so quickly that a new building was constructed in 1878. Lind also designed the library, joining it so masterfully with the conservatory that the building's Italianate Renaissance Revival exterior appears to have been constructed all at once. Both the Institute and the library are now divisions of the Johns Hopkins University.
Under the direction of well-known musicians, composers, conductors, and Peabody alumni, the Institute grew from a local academy into an internationally renowned cultural center throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the Peabody trains many of the nation's classical musicians.
Through its constituent divisions, the degree-granting Conservatory music school,
George Peabody Library
Renowned for its magnificent interior, the library features an atrium surrounded by five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies and gold-scalloped columns rising more than 60 feet to a latticed skylight. Nathaniel H. Morison, first provost of the Institute, described the elegant library as a "cathedral of books." The ironwork was created by Baltimore's Bartlett, Robbins & Company.
Now one of the Johns Hopkins' Sheridan Libraries, it serves the university's academic programs worldwide. The 300,000 volume Victorian research collection includes books dating from the 15th century, with particular strength in the 19th century. Both the library and the exhibition galelry are open to the public.
Erected 2008 by the City of Baltimore, Shiela Dixon, Mayor.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture Arts, Letters, Music • Education. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Location. 39° 17.839′ N, 76° 36.889′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in Mount Vernon. Marker is on Mount Vernon Place, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. The Peabody Library (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peabody Conservatory (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Vernon Cultural District (within shouting distance of this marker); Contributing to Society: Baltimore's Best Address (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Washington Monument and Mount Vernon Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Celebrating Culture: The Heart of the City / Contributing to Society: Baltimore's Best Address (within shouting distance of this marker); Asbury House (within shouting distance of this marker); To George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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