Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
9 North Front Street
Designed and built in the 1790’s in the Federal style, 9 North Front Street was once part of a neighborhood of merchants, artisans and “gentlemen.” Among the occupants of the area in 1804 were soap boilers, a hatter, a coachmaker, the “captain of the watch,” and the “physician of the Port.” The second mayor of Baltimore (1804–1808), Thorowgood Smith lived in this house from 1802–1804.
Over the years the house has served as Gardner's Hotel, Seuss’s Restaurant, and an auto parts shop. In 1971, the City of Baltimore acquired the house in conjunction with the development of the Shot Tower Park. Through the efforts of the Women’s Civic League, the exterior of the house has been faithfully restored and the interior renovated to provide headquarters for the League.
Smith, the house’s most significant occupant came to Baltimore before the Revolution, amassing a fortune as the owner of ships operating on the high seas. The French seizure of American shops in 1799 reversed Smith’s fortunes, forcing him to declare bankruptcy and to sell Willow Brook, the stately mansion constructed for him near Union Square only a few months earlier. Willow Brooks distinctive
(caption) Thorowgood Smith in the famous spectacles he invented “to avoid marring the bridge of his shapely nose.”
Erected by the City of Baltimore, Women's Civic League, sponsor, William Donald Schaefer, mayor. Rededicated 2005 by Martin O'Malley, mayor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
Location. 39° 17.422′ N, 76° 36.324′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from North Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the building next to the Phoenix Shot Tower in Shot Tower Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9 North Front Street, Baltimore MD 21233, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore Police Department (within shouting distance of this marker); Phoenix Shot Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church, Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Vincent de Paul Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named St. Vincent de Paul Church Cast-Iron Façade (about 500 feet away); Baltimore's Great Fire (about 600 feet away); Fish Market (about 600 feet away); Cistern (about 700 feet away); Carroll Mansion (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Also see . . .
1. Mayor Thorowgood Smith. Monument City Blog, December 25th, 2009. (Submitted on October 3, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Thorowgood Smith (1744-1810). Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series). (Submitted on October 3, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,648 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 3, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7. submitted on October 4, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.