Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.

Grand Central nightclub to get new owners in early 2019

Photo by Ed Gunts

Grand Central, Baltimore’s largest LGBTQ-friendly nightclub and a fixture on Charles Street for the past 15 years, will change hands early in 2019, current owner Don Davis said.

With court battle ongoing, liquor board delays Baltimore Eagle hearing until January

Attorneys and others appear before the Baltimore City Liquor Board for the Baltimore Eagle’s license transfer hearing. Photo by Ed Gunts.

The Baltimore Eagle isn’t going to fly until January at the earliest.

Baltimore Eagle owners seek to keep liquor license in the family, future of the club remains murky

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The recently shuttered Baltimore Eagle, one of the city’s largest LGBTQ-friendly nightclubs, will take a step toward reopening under new management if the city’s liquor board approves an application to transfer the liquor license for the property.

In Baltimore, a new jury assembly room makes waiting more bearable

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For many in Baltimore, serving jury duty is about as much fun as going to the dentist, thanks to long waits to be called and, more specifically, the crowded and sometimes noisy conditions in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse’s waiting rooms.

But this year, officials are taking steps to make jury duty more bearable.

Construction to begin next spring on $12 million apartment project in Ridgely’s Delight

The properties at 715-729 W. Pratt St. at present. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Construction is scheduled to begin next spring on a $12 million apartment project in Ridgely’s Delight, now that Baltimore’s preservation commission has given final approval to the design.

Current Space plans to expand with a $500,000 ‘ruin garden’

417-421 N. Howard St. Photo by the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.

Plans to create a “ruin garden” at the Current Space artist gallery on N. Howard Street  can move forward after Baltimore’s preservation commission this week approved a $500,000 plan that calls for partially demolishing an adjacent building.

Caught up in a procedural ‘Catch-22,’ city panel votes to let the Divine mural stay up


Divine is finally legal.

Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation voted unanimously on Tuesday to follow its staff’s recommendation and give “retroactive approval” to a three-story-high mural of the drag performer and actor that was painted last month on the side of a Mount Vernon row house without prior authorization.

Will Divine mural stay or go? A city commission will decide

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The performer Divine played characters who ran afoul of the law in John Waters movies such as “Female Trouble” and “Multiple Maniacs.” Now, a mural that honors Divine is having its own brush with city rules and regulations.

New Gaia mural in Mount Vernon is just Divine

Photo by Ed Gunts.

Baltimore’s newest work of public art is simply Divine–as in, a three-story-tall portrait of Divine, the drag actor and Baltimore native who became famous in John Waters movies such as “Hairspray,” “Pink Flamingos” and “Female Trouble.”

The Children’s Bookstore, a fixture in Roland Park, begins a new chapter in Lauraville

The new location for The Children’s Bookstore on Harford Road. Photo by Ed Gunts.

When J.K. Rowling and Maurice Sendak wanted to promote children’s books in Baltimore, they knew just where to go.