The Historic Mount Vernon Cultural District
With a backdrop of stunning 19th century architecture and inviting parks, Baltimore’s Mount Vernon is a cultural urban village that boasts museums, music, theater, international dining cuisine, boutiques, festivals, and a thriving nightlife. The neighborhood’s historic centerpiece, built in 1815, is the Washington Monument. The nation’s first monument to George Washington, now newly restored, soars 176 feet above four picturesque parks. The site of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Place is generally regarded as one of the most beautiful urban sites in the world.
From its inception in the early 19th century, Baltimore’s Mount Vernon has been an impressive address. After the Civil War, many of American society’s leaders, including railroad barons and statesmen, moved to Mount Vernon and built magnificent residences in the house lots facing the squares. The neighborhood’s brownstones and townhouses represent a cross-section of 19th century architectural styles, including Georgian, Greek Revival, Renaissance Revival, and Beaux Arts.
Between 1800 and 1900 Mount Vernon was at the center of Baltimore’s transformation from an insignificant harbor city to a place of prominence and wealth. This was the time when fortunes were made and great philanthropies bestowed. During the neighborhood’s early history, wealthy residents included Henry and William Walters, Robert Garrett, A.S. Abell, and Theodore Marburg. They commissioned well-known architects such as Niernsee & Neilson, Stanford White, John Russell Pope, and Robert Mills to build the grand buildings and monuments that still grace the neighborhood.
In addition to serving as home to wealthy Baltimoreans, Mount Vernon was chosen as the site for major cultural institutions. The legacies of influential people such as George Peabody, Henry and William Walters, and Enoch Pratt continue on as the Peabody Conservatory, the Walters Art Gallery, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Mount Vernon, now a National Register Historic District, still has the rarified air of old money, despite the modern mix of businesses and residences. Mount Vernon is a special place, rich in history and vibrant in the present, a neighborhood that beckons residents and visitors to take their time and enrich their lives.
Most of the original Mount Vernon buildings remain today. The rejuvenation of the many historic and architecturally significant buildings has enabled Mount Vernon to remain not only a diverse residential neighborhood, but also a cultural center and restaurant district.
Now, after 125 years, Chase Court finds itself in the heart of one of Baltimore’s best neighborhoods, historic Mount Vernon!
Here’s the history of Chase Court!