Another downtown landmark that became dormant during the COVID-19 pandemic is coming back to life.
The Grand Baltimore, an ornate wedding and catered-events facility at 225 N. Charles St., will have a grand reopening on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by networking and cocktails with members of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce.
The Freemasons are the world’s oldest fraternal organization, dating back to the Middle Ages and originating with a brotherhood of stone masons. Eventually, the fraternity added “accepted” to their name to include members who were not working masons.
In 1787, the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Maryland was founded. Now, there are one hundred local lodges across Maryland.
The fraternity’s philanthropy includes support for children’s burn hospitals, college scholarships, and other causes.
The Grand was built in 1866 as Baltimore’s Masonic Temple, headquarters for the Maryland Freemasons.
First called the Tremont Grand, building would serve as the Maryland Freemasons’ home base for 130 years. Today, the Maryland Freemasons are headquartered in Cockeysville.
In the 1990s, the Grand underwent extensive renovations and reopened in 2005 as a venue for meetings, conferences and other events.
Now affiliated with Milestone Hotels and Milestone Hospitality Management of Baltimore, the building is being marketed as “Luxury Meeting Space for Every Occasion,” with an emphasis on weddings. It has 45,000 square feet of meeting space on five floors, including 19 ballrooms, audio and visual services and facilities for on-site catering.