Enoch Pratt Free Library

Enoch Pratt Free Library (HM36K)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21201
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.667', W 76° 37.02'

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In 1882, the merchant Enoch Pratt, wishing to make a gift to his adopted city which would benefit all of her citizens, gave Baltimore $1,058,000 to establish a public library.

The original building fronted on Mulberry Street. Designed by the Baltimore architect Charles Carson, it opened in 1886. By the late 1820's, the patrons and volumes had outgrown the building. The present structure, completed in 1933, represented a major departure from the tradition of building libraries with monumental entrances atop long, intimidating flights of stairs. The building was designed by Clyde and Nelson Fritz with consulting architects E.L. Tilton and A.M. Githens under the supervision of the Library Director Joseph Wheeler. Wheeler envisioned the library as a publicly owned "department store business" in which taxpayers invested money and from which they expected a return. To make the library approachable and inviting, the building was designed with a street-level entrance and twelve display windows with exhibits the passing public can see at a glance.

The design of the Pratt has been borrowed extensively in this country and abroad.
HM NumberHM36K
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Baltimore City Historical Markers series
Placed ByThe City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, mayor, rededicated 2008, Shiela Dixon, mayor
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 10:40pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 360559 N 4350699
Decimal Degrees39.29445000, -76.61700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.667', W 76° 37.02'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 40.02" N, 76° 37' 1.20" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore MD 21201, US
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