Brown's Arcade

Brown's Arcade (HM36O)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21201
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.594', W 76° 36.928'

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Named for the governor who developed it, Brown's Arcade is a unique and early example of adaptive reuse in Baltimore. The four buildings that make up the Arcade were originally constructed as rowhouses in the 1820's. After the Great Fire of 1904, former governor Frank Brown bought 322-328 N. Charles and converted the buildings to shops and offices in an unusual and created departure from standard retail development. Architect Henry Brauns added storefronts, a cornice, bay windows and an arcade that led through the central entrance to a courtyard in the rear and to an adjacent building on Saratoga Street. Thus, the arcade provided a pleasant and whimsical short-cut from the Charles Street shopping area to the Howard Street retail district.

Before his career as a developer, Frank Brown was a member of the House of Delegates, the Postmaster of Baltimore and, from from 1892-1896, Governor of Maryland. He is best remembered for his role in averting violence during the 1894 coal miners' strike in Frostburg. Brown died in Baltimore on February 3, 1920.

Struever Bros. & Eccles renovated the Arcade in 1982, preserving its original charm and architectural detail.
HM NumberHM36O
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Baltimore City Historical Markers series
Placed ByThe City of Baltimore, Struever Bros. & Eccles, sponsor, William Donald Schaefer, mayor
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 6:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 360689 N 4350561
Decimal Degrees39.29323333, -76.61546667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.594', W 76° 36.928'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 35.64" N, 76° 36' 55.68" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 322 N Charles St, Baltimore MD 21201, US
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