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Perkins Square Gazebo

 
 
Perkins Square Gazebo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 11, 2017
1. Perkins Square Gazebo Marker
Inscription. The Perkins Square Gazebo harkens back to the grandeur of Baltimore’s 19th century architectural and landscape heritage. In 1871, the gazebo was built as a spring shelter, the centerpiece for a new park. The land for the park was once part of Chatsworth, an estate originally owned by Dr. George Walker, one of Baltimore’s original commissioners. As early as the 1850s, the city became interested in preserving the natural spring and surrounding grounds as “a place of public resort for the citizens of Baltimore.” Once triangular in shape the park became known for its rock formations with creeping vines and extravagant plantings with luxuriant beds of coleus and petunias planted in shapes of stars, shields and anchors.

The gazebo, octagonal in shape, comprises eight cast-iron columns which support a metal roof. The architectural details capture Moorish influences, most notably in the arches and the roof shape. The cast-iron construction, a rarity today, also lends significance as an example of a building technology for which Baltimore was a national center of production.

In 1963, the city razed the surrounding neighborhood for the development of the Murphy Homes housing project. This development was later demolished to create Heritage Crossing, a new housing development. The gazebo stands as a centerpiece for Heritage

Perkins Square Gazebo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 11, 2017
2. Perkins Square Gazebo Marker
Crossing, and remains as one of two spring shelters existing in Baltimore.

(Inscription under the image on the right)
Perkins Square Gazebo

Stephanie Rawling-Blake, Mayor, National Register of Historic Places
 
Location. 39° 17.737′ N, 76° 37.727′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Myrtle Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is located in Historic Perkins Spring Park. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oblate Sisters of Providence (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Take a Stroll Down the Main Street of the African American Experience (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mary's Seminary Chapel (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Mary's Seminary (approx. ¼ mile away); Chapel of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple (approx. ¼ mile away); The Western District Station House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Orchard Street Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mother Seton House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
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Perkins Square Gazebo image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 11, 2017
3. Perkins Square Gazebo
Perkins Square Gazebo Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 11, 2017
4. Perkins Square Gazebo Park
Perkins Square Gazebo Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 11, 2017
5. Perkins Square Gazebo Park
Historic Perkins Square Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 11, 2017
6. Historic Perkins Square Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 12, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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