'To Make it a Grand Entrepôt’: The Story of Baltimore’s Locust Point

posted Sep 19, 2016, 12:01 PM by Bill Marzella   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 8:46 AM ]
A Lecture by Philip Jacks, PhD
Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Baltimore, once the rival of Philadelphia and New York for its commercial port, is now in the throes of post-industrial development. One recent success is Silo Point, a condominium high-rise converted from the core of the 1923 Baltimore & Ohio grain elevator. For over a century, the wharves at Locust Point on the Patapsco River marked the great terminus of a railroad and transcontinental shipping network extending from Atlantic tidewater to the Great Lakes. In 1868, visionary president John Work Garrett connected his railroad to the Norddeutscher steamers, which would bring a million Polish, Irish and German immigrants to America. Until the Great War, piers 8 and 9 at Locust Point were the largest point of entry save for Ellis Island.

In the new millennium, the social fabric of this working-class neighborhood has seen much change. As Baltimore transitions from “Monument” to “Charm City,” smart growth of its industrial heritage can preserve the collective memory of its proud past, and inform the process of gentrification.

After earning his Ph.D. in History of Art at the University of Chicago (1985), Professor Philip Jacks has taught at Yale University, University of Michigan, and since 1997 at George Washington University. A specialist of Italian Renaissance art and architecture, he is the author of The Origins of Rome in Renaissance Thought (1993) and The Spinelli of Florence: Fortunes of a Renaissance Merchant Family with William Caferro (2001). While earning a Master of Architecture at the University of Maryland, his interests have turned to American architecture and urbanism. He is completing a book, ‘To Make it a Grand Entrepôt’: The Story of Baltimore’s Locust Point.


The First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 
6:30 pm – reception, 7:00 pm – lecture


Reservations are not required. $10.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $18.00 for non-members.  The lecture will be accompanied by a tour of the neighborhood at a later date.
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Bill Marzella,
Sep 29, 2016, 8:46 AM
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