Baltimore Chamber of Commerce

Baltimore Chamber of Commerce (HM2CP8)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21202
Buy Maryland State flags at Flagstore.com!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at Flagstore.com!

N 39° 17.318', W 76° 36.592'

  • 0 likes
  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
  • 56 views
Inscription
Until the 1850's, Baltimore's grain trading took place in "counting rooms" of individual merchants or on Bowley's Wharf where an effort was made to standardize corn and grain prices by displaying grain samples on barrel heads and window ledges.

On February 3, 1853, Baltimore merchants held a meeting to organized the Baltimore Corn and Flour Exchange, the oldest trade organization in Baltimore and forerunner to the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce.

By the 1880's, there was a need to construct a larger building. At first there was some opposition to the chosen location on the corner of Holliday and Second Streets (Commerce and Water Streets) because "they could not look out the windows and see how many ships were in the Patapsco Basin; and so, could not accurately judge the prospects for the day's business...." Objections were later resolved and the building was constructed, opening on November 22, 1882.

In 1896, the Corn and Flour Exchange became the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce. After the Baltimore Fire destroyed their first building, the present building was designed by noted Baltimore architect Charles E. Cassell and consructed on the same site, reusing the masonry vaults and the 1882 foundations.

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Baltimore was the nation's leading exporter of flour



and cereal grains. Yet with the progress of the telephone, the need to trade in person was eliminated and the creation of the Federal Farm Board made the government the nation's largest grain trader in the mid-twentieth century. In addition, railroad regulations favoring ports like Norfolk and Boston all contributed to the decline of the municipal grain exchange.

Later the creation of the Baltimore Association of Commerce in 1924 took over the traditional role of the Chamber of Commerce. This building continued to be used for trade related activities into the 1970's, yet more recently it has been leased for other office uses. In 1977, the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce merged with the Greater Baltimore Committee "to avoid duplication of efforts and to better promote economic development."

Originally the Chamber of Commerce had a barber shop and a Rathskeller. Some other significant interior architectural details include mosaic and hardwood floors, and solid copper and brass mailchutes. In addition, the building has one of the few functioning hydraulic elevators in the city, dating to 1906.

Baltimore City Landmark

[Image Caption:]
Chamber of Commerce Building, corner of Holliday and Second Streets, 1882-1904
Details
HM NumberHM2CP8
Tags
Placed ByUnited States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, Sponsor
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, December 9th, 2018 at 4:01pm PST -08:00
Pictures
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361163 N 4350042
Decimal Degrees39.28863333, -76.60986667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.318', W 76° 36.592'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 19.08" N, 76° 36' 35.52" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 410, 443
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17 Commerce St, Baltimore MD 21202, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. This marker needs at least one picture.
  10. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  11. Is the marker in the median?