Lord Baltimore Hotel
Lord Baltimore Hotel
|Location||20 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland|
|Area||0.4 acres (0.16 ha)|
|Architect||William Lee Stoddart|
|Architectural style||Early Commercial, French Renaissance|
|NRHP Reference #||82001587|
|Added to NRHP||December 2, 1982|
The hotel was designed by William Lee Stoddart and opened on December 30, 1928. The 22 story hotel, designed in the French Renaissance style, has a brick veneer over a steel frame. The building, which is 289 feet tall, is topped with a tower featuring a mansard roof of copper.
In 1958, after the Baltimore City Council considered but failed to pass an ordinance prohibiting racial segregation in public accommodations, the Lord Baltimore Hotel voluntarily ended its restrictive guest policies. Following the redevelopment of the downtown area in the 1990s, the hotel is within walking distance of many Baltimore attractions such as the Inner Harbor, Camden Yards, and the National Aquarium.
The Lord Baltimore Hotel closed in 1982, needing a major renovation. It was bought by a partnership headed by local developer Saul Perlmutter in 1983 and was renovated in 1985. The partnership filed for bankruptcy in 1987 and the hotel was then taken over from its defunct creditor by the FDIC during the Savings and loan crisis.
The hotel was managed by Radisson Hotels through the much of the 1990s as the Radission Plaza Lord Baltimore. The FDIC sold the hotel to Universal Equities, a Washington, D.C. group, in 1992 for $8.5 million. Universal, in turn, sold the hotel in January 1997 for $30 million. The new owners, Davidson Hotels, ended the association with Radisson. The hotel became, for a time the Hilton Baltimore & Towers.
The hotel was sold to Rubell Hotels of Miami, Florida for $10 million (US) in August 2013. It dropped the Radisson flag and reopened in 2014 as an independent hotel after undergoing a total remodeling of guest rooms, and restoration of the building's public spaces.
The hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Lord Baltimore Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- National Register of Historic Places Lord Baltimore Hotel page
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- Lord Baltimore Hotel, a Historic Hotels of America member. Historic Hotels of America. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
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