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Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Baltimore Arts Tower

Baltimore Arts Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 9, 2008
1. Baltimore Arts Tower Marker
Inscription.  Once known as the Bromo Seltzer Tower, this building is a monument to Captain Isaac Emerson, the imaginative chemist who developed a famous headache remedy, and named it after Mt. Bromo - an active volcano in Java.

Emerson came to Baltimore in 1881 and promoted his drug by offering free one share of stock in his company for each $60 orth of the remedy bought by a retail druggist. Exactly 34 years later, one of the original shares was worth $4,000. By 1911, the business had so expanded that an 8-story building to house the factory was erected, surmounted by this tower.

The tower, modelled on Italy's Palazzo Vecchio, was designed by Joseph Evans Sperry. When completed in 1911, the building was the tallest in Baltiore, and boasted the world's largest four-dial gravity clock, with faces 24 feet in diameter. Emerson crowned the clock with a flashy memorial to his entrepeneurial genius: a 51-foot, 17-ton replica of the Bromo-Seltzer bottle. Constructed of blue steel and illuminated with 596 lights, the bottle made two revolutions per minute, flashing its beam to seamen as far as 20 miles away. In 1936, when the revolutions caused
The Bromo-Seltzer Tower image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 9, 2008
2. The Bromo-Seltzer Tower
As seen from West Lombard Street.
structural damage, the bottle was removed - to the dismay of some and relief and of others. The bottle and it frame were pounded into 20 tons of scrap metal.

The City acquired the tower in 1967 - $13,000 and 200 volunteers transformed it into Baltimore's first publicly financed arts center.
Erected by the City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
Location. 39° 17.259′ N, 76° 37.244′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of South Eutaw Street and West Lombard Street (U.S. 40), on the right when traveling north on South Eutaw Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Faust Brothers Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Inner Harbor Lofts (about 400 feet away); Wilkens Building (about 500 feet away); The Baltimore & Frederick-Town Turnpike (about 600 feet away); Davidge Hall (about 600 feet away); Baltimore Infirmary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baltimore Equitable Society (approx. 0.2 miles away); Babes Dream (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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Locally, the tower is still known as the Bromo-Seltzer Tower.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,527 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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