In addition to 'old-world' style food, including Baltimore's finest crab cakes, the restaurant housed a large collection of fine art, which decorated the walls.
The art had been acquired over the years by William Henry Haussner and Frances Wilke Haussner, who bought their first painting in 1939, "Venetian Flower Vendor," by Eugene de Blaas (1843-1932). Over the next 73 years, the Haussners acquired over 100 pieces, including highly important works by 19th-century European and American masters.
The restaurant was closed in 1999, and the collection, which included pieces from the estates of J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Henry Walters, was auctioned by Sotheby's in New York City for $10 million.
The site of the restaurant and its business content was donated to the owner of the former Baltimore International College. In 2011 the site was purchased by Joseph Schultz, owner of Schultz Development LLC, a Baltimore home and rehab company. While there has been much speculation over the future of the site, the site has sat vacant since it closed. The restaurant officially served its last meal on Wednesday, October 6, 1999.
Haussner's Restaurant was located at 3244 Eastern Ave Baltimore, MD 21224-4012 (originally, 3313 Eastern Ave). A reproduction of Haussner's served as the setting in the television show, Mad Men (Series 3, Episode 27).
Haussner's was demolished in July 2016 by Access Demolition & Environmental Services. Old Town Construction will be constructing a 6-story high rise apartment building in its place.
Eugene de Blaas: The Venetian Flower Vendor
Jean-Léon Gérôme: After the Bath
Emile Munier: Girl with kittens
Joseph Molitor von Mühlfeld: Master of all he surveys
Walter Gilliam Chef at Haussners for over forty years.
Frances Wilke Haussner, Matriarch of Restaurant dies at 91 
- Baltimore, Wrapped In Mystery, K.C. Summers, The Washington Post
- Mad Men script writers want to know about Haussner's, Elizabeth Large, The Baltimore Sun
- The Haussner's Restaurant Collection: 19th Century European and American Paintings, Carter B. Horsley, The City Review
- Baltimore Sun