The History of Chase Court in Baltimore, Maryland

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The history of Chase Court is storied and fascinating! The building at 1112 Saint Paul Street now known as Chase Court was built in 1879 as the parish house of Christ Episcopal Church. In the Episcopal tradition, a parish house is a place used for meetings, events, and in this instance, worship. So, there have been weddings celebrated at Chase Court for 136 years!

The Christ Episcopal Church building was built in 1871 on the corner of Saint Paul and Chase Streets. Both buildings are solidly-constructed of stone with arched, diamond leaded-glass windows, delightfully intricate historic woodwork and soaring ceilings, all in the Gothic Revival style, which at the time was a new ecclesiastical architectural style just being introduced into the United States.

The clergy for the church lived in the rectory, which was located about a block north on Saint Paul Street.

Christ Church was the Episcopal parish were Wallis Garfield Simpson attended as a child, was confirmed, and celebrated the sacrament of her first marriage to Earl Winfield Spencer, Jr., a United States Navy pilot, in 1916. She’s best known for her third marriage to Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, who abdicated the British throne to marry her. Given that Christ Church was Warfield’s home parish, she undoubtedly spent a lot of time in the parish house.

Christ Episcopal Church ceased to exist in 1986. The church and parish house were subsequently separated and sold. The church building was sold to a local congregation, which owns it today. The building and grounds that comprise Chase Court are now privately owned.

Chase Court is a splendid example of the Gothic Revival style of architecture, an extraordinary historic property, and an ideal location for intimate and romantic weddings.

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Chase Court is separated from Saint Paul and Chase Streets by iron gates and sumptuous gardens, providing privacy and quiet not usually seen in the heart of the city.

The historic neighborhoods encompassing Chase Court, Mount Vernon & Midtown-Belevedere, are among the most beautiful and affluent in Baltimore.

Chase Court is less than five minutes north of the Inner Harbor, Downtown, and I-95.

Chase Court is fully air conditioned, with complete modern utilities.


With hundreds of weddings since 2002 as Chase Court, including over 50 LGBT commitment ceremonies and weddings, we’d love to talk with you about yours. Call us at (410) 727-1112 to schedule a visit to this magnificent wedding venue!

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