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With all the new construction happening around Inner Harbor, our city's skyline is changing fast. The idea for this thread is to have photos showcasing new buildings as part of the existing skyline.


Took these today (yes, Guiness was involved :)) I think this angle shows a nice cluster, but missing a civilized foreground (hopefully that will change soon). I am waiting to see if Harbor East will turn out dramatic enough to become Baltimore's signature view.



 

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If my Granddad saw this shot today (he passed away in 1965) he would not know it was Baltimore. The only scraper visible that was there then is the B of A building, and that's in the background.
 

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With all the new construction happening around Inner Harbor, our city's skyline is changing fast. The idea for this thread is to have photos showcasing new buildings as part of the existing skyline.


Took these today (yes, Guiness was involved :)) I think this angle shows a nice cluster, but missing a civilized foreground (hopefully that will change soon). I am waiting to see if Harbor East will turn out dramatic enough to become Baltimore's signature view.



I imagine that when 10 Inner Harbor goes up it will really throw this whole side of the skyline off balance and then the main shot will be taken from the south. Same with the Naing buildings/300 E. Pratt/Westport. The funny thing about this picture is...as I sit at desk at Tide Point right now, this is EXACTLY what I see out my window. It's definitely alot better when the sugar boat (at Domino) isn't here to partially block my view though! But alas, I love the sugar boats and the idea that i get to witness a working port everyday.
 

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If my Granddad saw this shot today (he passed away in 1965) he would not know it was Baltimore. The only scraper visible that was there then is the B of A building, and that's in the background.
I imagine it would have looked like this...



This is Baltimore in 1963
 

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I imagine it would have looked like this...



This is Baltimore in 1963
That appears to be the Bay Belle at the dock at peir 1, a boat my Grandad took me on a few times!! The Bay Belle is the boat closest to Pratt St. The other is a larger Wilson Line boat that was here from time to time.

 

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^^^^^^i think it would've been nice to have that tower to the right still standing. the one with the clock on it. i'm trying to think of the name of it, but it's not coming to me. someone mentioned that it got taken down around 1984 or so.
I believe that was called the Tower Building.
 

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^Later than that, more like '90. I've got a picture of Alex Brown under construction with the Tower Building still in tact.

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It was 1985-86. Unfortunately, I was involved with the demolition of the Tower Building.

As for your note about the Alex.Brown Building, Kajima, the developer for One South Street (what later became known as the Alex.Brown Building) had the old Mercantile Trust building demolished and cleared by 1990, and the garage portion was well underway in 1991. By then the real estate market burst, and we were in a major recession.

Speculation was Kajima would only finish the garage portion, and hold off on the rest of the building. Slowly the garage portion was completed, and suddenly the crane was hoisted another ten floors! It was really a tense period for the city in terms of development; it truly was a commitment on part of the developer in Baltimore. Once completed, One South Street was the last major office structure to be built in downtown for a very long time. It took nearly a decade of mergers and acquisitions before the market recovered...

As for how did One South Street become the Alex.Brown Building, Alex.Brown vacated huge chunks of space at 120 E. Baltimore Street (then known as the Bank of Baltimore Building), from it's original HQ building at the NW corner of Baltimore and Calvert, and another five different sites scattered through the CBD. With the glut of office space, Kajima was ecstatic to have AB take what amounted to a quarter of the building. But AB wasn't the first: the architect of the structure, RTKL moved in prior. I think they initially leased upwards of four floors of the building. Of course, they had just vacated another building designed by them, 400 E. Pratt.

Strange how EVERYTHING seems to be intertwined...
 

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I realize you pulled some of these photos from the Kilduffs site, but there are several errors with regard to dates. Errors like these end up getting cited on other sites, and even make their way into published work. A website by a hobbyist is one thing, but I have all too many books (about Baltimore) by noted authors filled with all kinds of crazy citations. The worst one is a book published about the redevelopment of Center City-Inner Harbor. I don't know if it's a matter of sloppy research or bad sources. It's stuff like this The Baltimore Sun and other pubs end up throwing back at us and causing confusion (i.e. true building heights). Either way, here are a couple of observations I think most will agree with:


^^^^^^^^b'more (1910)

No way can this be 1910. If you look at the skyline, the B&O building is still under construction, so it's definitely off by about five years. The photo is winter 1905/1906.




^^^^^^view of the harbor from federal hill (1923)

This is the worst one: it's off by nearly a quarter century! Based upon the skyline and pier configuration, it predates the 1904 fire.




^^^^^^^^1969

This one is about 1960



One that you did not post, but that's on the Kilduffs site, cited as being before the '04 Fire is this one:


Photo dates for Light Street are by far the most frequent and common examples of misinformation. If Light Street is wide, it's after the fire. If it's narrow, it's before the fire...
 

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^^ ^^
You really know your stuff. A tip of my hat to you...

...and a wag of my finger to that stupid website.
 
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