Even though it is one of the oldest cities in the United States, Baltimore Maryland is perhaps best known for its crab cakes and professional sports teams. However, Baltimore has a plethora of famous buildings and landmarks. These sites are a “can’t miss” on any tourist’s list of places to see.


The Transamerica Tower


One of the most famous buildings in Baltimore is the Transamerica Tower – or, as it is known to some of the locals, the Legg Mason Building – which was its former name. It is located on 100 Light Street in Downtown Baltimore by the Inner Harbor. This impressive structure rises to 40 stories tall (528 ft.), and not only is it the tallest building in Baltimore – it is the tallest building in the entire state of Maryland as well! The building’s construction started in 1971 and was completed in 1973.



Transamerica Tower in Downtown Baltimore

The Transamerica Tower



The Bank of America Building


Then there is the Bank of America Building. This skyscraper is located at the corner of East Baltimore and Light Streets. Built in the year 1929, it was originally called  the Baltimore Trust Building and is an spectacular example of the Art Deco commercial style in America. At the time, it was the tallest office building south of New York City. Unfortunately, during the initial period the Great Depression hit, and the building became vacant within a year. The vacant structure was then used by the Public Works Administration. The building has changed hands many times since.



The William Donald Schaefer Building


The William Donald Schaefer Building is the third tallest building in Baltimore. It is located at the corner of Saint Paul Place and East Baltimore Street. Originally completed by Merritt Savings and Loan in 1986, it has 37 floors (493 ft.). The edifice became an immediate landmark due to its scale and its copper-colored metal-clad roof. Its iconic American Flag is raised at the top of the building, and is visible throughout the downtown area and most of the city on a clear day.



The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House


Perhaps the most famous house in Baltimore is the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. Built in 1793 in the eastern part of the downtown area, this was the home of Mary Pickersgill. It was at this very location that Pickersgill stitched the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that flew over Fort McHenry in the summer of 1814 during the Battle of Baltimore. A 12,600-square-foot museum was built next to Pickersgill’s home. This museum stores exhibits on the War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore, as well as artifacts from the Pickersgill family.The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places and has been a continuous destination spot for activists.



Baltimore’s Washington Monument In Mount Vernon



Another historical landmark for tourists to visit is Baltimore’s Washington Monument, the centerpiece of Mount Vernon Place. The Washington Monument was the first major monument to honor George Washington. The monument was designed by American architect Robert Mills, who also designed the Washington D.C. monument. Construction began in 1815 and was completed in 1829. The monument stands as a 178-foot column with 227 steps at the bottom.  The monument, constructed of marble, has three main elements: a low, square base containing a gallery; a plain column; and, atop the column, a standing figure of George Washington. A tradition since 1971, the city has performed the annual “Lighting of the Washington Monument” on the first Thursday in December. The mayor flips the switch to turn on holiday lights which last throughout the holiday season.




Watch the above video clip for an unbelievable view of the Transamerica Tower and the USS Constellation by the Inner Harbor


The Historic Ships In Baltimore


A visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without going to see the Historic Ships in Baltimore, located in the Inner Harbor. These ships are one of the most impressive collections in the world. The ships the make up the collection are the USS Constellation, the US Submarine Torsk, the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, and the Lightship Chesapeake.



We at S&M Roofing think you will agree that Baltimore has some fascinating historical sites and landmarks.
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