Mount Vernon, Baltimore's Hidden Architectural Secrets And Mysteries

Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church | © Anthony G. Reyes / Flickr
Photo of Jasmine Eppes
Freelance Writer16 February 2018

Mount Vernon has been called the cultural center of Baltimore, as it contains 19th-century architecture and is home to the Walters Art Museum and the George Peabody Library. This historical area of Baltimore contains many hidden secrets and mysteries, behind the scenes.

The Walters Art Museum underwent a renovation of the Hackerman House, where many secrets and questions are still left unanswered. The Hackerman House was a Greek Revival-styled mansion that once housed rich inhabitants. While living in that home, someone grated into the window: “Think of me,” in French. Maybe those words were written by a lovesick teenager? Maybe they were written by the children of the doctor who lived in this mansion in the 1800s?

Mount Vernon, Baltimore |   © angela n./Flickr

That’s something we’ll never be able to determine.

In the Mount Vernon neighborhood, there are also many Victorian-era styled homes that contain hand-carved staircases and enormous ceilings. The entire Mount Vernon area is a conglomerate of a variety of architectural types, such as Gothic & Greek Revival, Federal, Classic Revival, and Romanesque. Why were so many different styled homes created?

Due to the variety of tastes and styles, that’s exactly what makes this area so culturally sound and desirable for those who are hipsters and prefer to live in an eclectic neighborhood. This area not only contains monuments and statues, but also museums, fine dining options, and local bars.

Mount Vernon also brings you the Washington Monument, which is a foundation piece of this culturally rich area. This monument was the first public monument in honor of George Washington. There are many park squares surrounding this monument that at first were unkempt. However, through the years, trees have been added to these squares, as well as bronze sculptures and fountains in order to keep the area surrounding the Washington Monument beautiful.

Mount Vernon is not only a place that is rich in history and culture, but it adds a layer of depth to the city of Baltimore as it shows that there are people in Baltimore who care about their neighborhood and wish to see it thrive for the next generation.

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