9 North Front Street

9 North Front Street (HM15Q)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21202
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.422', W 76° 36.324'

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A survival from the 18th century, this house was built in the section of the city known as "Jonestown."

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 oval room is now installed in the Baltimore Museum of Art.

(caption)Thorowgood Smith in the famous spectacles he invented "to avoid marring the bridge of his shapely nose."
HM NumberHM15Q
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Baltimore City Historical Markers series
Placed ByThe City of Baltimore, Women's Civic League, sponsor, William Donald Schaefer, mayor. Rededicated 2005 by Martin O'Malley, mayor
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 6:46am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361551 N 4350228
Decimal Degrees39.29036667, -76.60540000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.422', W 76° 36.324'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 25.32" N, 76° 36' 19.44" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-99 N Front St, Baltimore MD 21202, US
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