Tag: historic architecture

Historic Emerson Mansion, built by Bromo-Seltzer Inventor, Goes to Auction

Photo via baltimorefotos.com
Photo via baltimorefotos.com

Before there was Kevin Plank and Under Armour, there was Captain Isaac Emerson and Bromo-Seltzer.

The heartburn remedy that Emerson invented was the product of the day in Baltimore, the way sweat-wicking Under Armour sportswear is now. And Emerson (1859 to 1931) changed the city landscape with the construction of the Bromo-Seltzer tower and factory on Eutaw Street, the Emerson Hotel at Calvert and Baltimore streets, and the Emersonian apartments in Reservoir Hill. He was the Kevin Plank of his day.

Now another important piece of Emerson’s empire has come on the market:

Lovely Lane Church Honors Father of American Methodism

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Lovely Lane Church. Photo via oldgoucher.org

This weekend, the Mother Church of American Methodism will pay tribute to the “father” of American Methodism.

Lovely Lane United Methodist Church at 2200 St. Paul Street is holding a series of events and “observances” to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Francis Asbury, the founding bishop of the United Methodist Church in America.

The events range from the opening of a new museum exhibit at Lovely Lane to the dedication of an 18-foot-tall monument at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where Asbury and other Methodist leaders are buried.

Bolton Hill: Engaged Urban Living


Welcome to our new series “Neighborhood  Watch,” which reveals the character of  a city neighborhood through the eyes of residents who live there.  All photos by Tyler Merbler.

 It was a damp February Friday and I was out of breath by the time I reached Mount Royal Tavern.  I had just missed the Circulator downtown and didn’t have the luxury of waiting 20 minutes for the next one, so I huffed it north, hoping I wouldn’t be too late to meet up at The Mount Royal Tavern with Bolton Hill residents Kevin and Sarah Cross.  Kevin and I met through a mutual friend and through the wonders of Facebook and Twitter, I learned that Kevin has a wealth of knowledge of all things Baltimore.  On social media, he’d comment on the history of the city, upcoming festivals, or anything and everything going on around town.  When I decided to highlight neighborhoods in Baltimore through the eyes of quintessential residents, I knew he and his wife Sarah would be the perfect place to start.


This was my first visit to the Mount Royal Tavern; it was everything I desire from a bar.  Cash only.  Old men tending bar.  An elderly patron calling me her shield from unsolicited advances.  The bartenders are heavy on the whiskey in their whiskey sodas, which pretty much cinched MRT for me.  It was like Club Charles if they had exchanged all the hipsters for quirky lifetime locals and replaced the art deco decor with absurd, ever-changing art, like the erotica-themed pieces that lined the walls that night.