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The Equitable Building

 
 
The Equitable Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 12, 2008
1. The Equitable Building Marker
Inscription. This building, designed in 1889 in the Richardson-Sullivan tradition by Charles L. Carson and Joseph Evans Sperry, was considered the first skyscraper to be erected in Baltimore. It is the oldest of the existing structures on Monument Square and once featured Turkish baths in the basement and a garden on the roof. Following the "cage form" of construction, a network of cast-iron columns and steel girders supported the floor-loads and interior of the building, while the exterior walls were entirely self-supporting.

During the Great Fire of 1904, must of the interior was damaged. The exterior walls, however, emerged relatively unscathed, and the building was immediately reconditioned by the owners.

Formerly on this site, from 1825 to 1889, stood Barnum's City Hote, internationally renowned for elegant accomodations, gracious service and excellent cuisine - including the famous diamondback terrapins which were exercised daily in the courtyard before being condemned to dinner.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, Baltimore Investment Associates, sponsor and William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.425′ 
The Equitable Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 27, 2015
2. The Equitable Building Marker
N, 76° 36.745′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of North Calvert Street (Maryland Route 2) and East Fayette Street, on the left when traveling north on North Calvert Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle Monument (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Battle Monument (a few steps from this marker); The Munsey Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover Baltimore: The Monumental City (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore City Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Discover Baltimore’s Changing Skyline (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lenore (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Also see . . .  Equitable Building. (PDF) MDIHP form B-0083 (Submitted on October 11, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Equitable Building image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 12, 2008
3. The Equitable Building
Construction of the Equitable Building, 1893 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 27, 2015
4. Construction of the Equitable Building, 1893
Close-up of photo on marker
•Anno•Domini•MDCCCXCI•<br>1891 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 27, 2015
5. •Anno•Domini•MDCCCXCI•
1891
The Equitable Building<br>12 North Calvert Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 27, 2015
6. The Equitable Building
12 North Calvert Street
The Equitable Building<br>1892 image. Click for full size.
By NY Art Pub. Co., 1892
7. The Equitable Building
1892
From the MDIHP form, B-83.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,822 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 22, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   2. submitted on October 11, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on March 22, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 11, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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