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All over Baltimore, on the older architecture of the City, you can find examples of stone work that is impressive. Here is a collection of what Kilduff's has found, so far and we recently added new material !

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Just outside of the Baltimore City Circuit Court building, I have a feeling if you were in the right courtroom, this crazy looking face would be looking at you from the right angle. I have no idea what it is meant to be, but I found it recently while grabbing some pictures of the nearby old firehouse in the block of East Lexington Street.
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All over the City, if you look above doorways of various rowhouses, you just might find a stone face or feature. I can't remember where I found this one, but the face is a classic.


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Found on the side of the old Baltimore Gas and Electric Building, located at Liberty and Lexington Streets. The building was nicely restored and is currently residential .


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....The three pictures above were found on the old Hutzler's Building, located on Howard Street at Lexington.

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You don't always have to look up when looking for something interesting in Baltimore. The entranceway to the old Kresge's Department Store has this at the floorway.


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Just a block from the Kresge's, The old WB&A train station on Park Avenue has the roof line surrounded by these lions. There are active plans to rebuild the entire block , and I have heard some of the old buildings will be incorporated into the new building design. I'm not sure how the these lions fit into that plan, we shall see.


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All along the old Lexington Street shopping strip, you can find interesting stone details. The ship is on the side of the old Read's Building at Howard Street and Lexington and the Eagle shield is located on Lexington Street near Park, on the front of the old Schulte United store front. The entire block is up for renovation.



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City College
              Baltimore Stone Face
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              College
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              College
Baltimore City College :  Above are the stone faces of Buckler and Fenhagen . They are located on the entranceway of Baltimore City College in Northeast Baltimore City. .Both are located on the front of Baltimore City College, located at 33rd and the Alameda.
Not quite sure who the two bottom images are ? Anyone ?
Below : The owl, the symbol of knowledge, being embraced by the gargoyle, on the front of Baltimore City College. The trim of the building has what appear to be squirrels eating nuts.

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              College Stone work
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              College Stone Work

 Not to be outdone, designers on the west side of the City put plenty of stone details into the design of the Western High School, on McCulloh Street, built in 1896.  ( Just for the record, this building was built years before the City College Building on 33rd St )
...........stone
                work Westner High School Baltimore
...............Stone work , Western High School Baltimore
....................................................................Stone work Westner High School Baltimore

The 1500 block of Guilford Avenue has several old stone faces to look at, along the outside of the Crown Cork and Seal Company building. Just two blocks south of North Avenue, the old factory building has the above face staring at you from the trim. What could best be described as a Mayan Indian look, this stone face is also on the front of the old factory in East Baltimore.

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              avenue baltimore

....................1700 Guilford
                Avenue Baltimore


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                face


................Baltimore stone
              face 1700 uilford Avenue
( Below left ) This stone face is just above the loading dock on the building. It's not the years that has made this face so scary looking, but it was likely intended to keep unwelcome vistors out of the building.  At the roof line ( Below right ), just above the date stone of the building, is this wild face.The plant made cork lined bottle caps.
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              Baltimore
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              Avenue , Baltimore Maryland

Located in West Baltimore is this stone monk ( below left  ) , at the right side of the entrance of the old Frederick Douglass High School on Calhoun Street. The monk appears to be writing while holding a candle. On the left side of the doorway at the old Douglas High School, a barefoot stone subject appears deep in reading. Several other Baltimore City schools from the era also have stone tablets, including Baltimore City College on 33rd Street, and the old Western High School on Gywnns Falls Parkway. Below those pictures, two stone characters I missed for many years further up on the buildings facade. On the North corner, a figure is looking into a book, while the figure on the southside of the building is looking at a globe.
.......................Douglas High
                School , Calhoun Street
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                School , Calhoun Street ,Baltimore
...................................Frederick Douglas High School
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              Douglas High School

In East Baltimore, there is an entire block of houses that have stone work down on the entranceways. Each stone is different, and quite detailed. The very first house in the block  has this stone face. I can't tell if he's laughing or in pain. The final house on the block has this much relieved looking face. I tend to wonder if the stones tell a story.


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              Baltimore Maryland
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Baltimore stone doorway
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Just one block to the west of the " Stone Faces row " in East Baltimore, there is another odd sight at the entranceway to a apartment building at the corner of Broadway. This colorful entranceway , complete with stained glass as a door ornament that appears to have a western theme to it, a steer's head with a "V"  below it. Anyone happen to know the story about this one ?
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              Cowboy Entranceway


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              Oliver Broadway stone Work Baltimore

One of the patterns from the middle of the block. End houses have always costs more, as you get a bigger lot and side windows, but could the stones have also been a selling point for these houses ? Another of the mid-block stones. Several of the homes are vacant, and it appears one stone has already been taken, or atleast is currently missing. Sadly, these homes aren't always well kept up. You can clearly see the stone on this boarded up house in the block . 

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                entranceway , Baltimore

..................Keyhole entranceway
              Baltimore Maryland
 A keyhole doorway, minus the fancy corner stone, located in West Baltimore City. This is the only one on West Baltimore I have been able to locate, so far. I believe the doorway in the red ( above ) was recently taken down.The East Baltimore neighborhood that has an entire block with the keyhole entranceways.  Each doorway also has a " fancy stone", each with a different pattern on it.

Not quite as fancy, but interesting none the less, are the door ornaments you can find all over the City, just above the doorway.



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Just above the entranceway of a closed school, currently being renovated ,  at East North Avenue and Wolfe Street, East Baltimore City.
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                Baltimore
...................Exotic design above a doorway in West Baltimore


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............A woman's head graces a doorway in East Baltimore.
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                stoneway
.................................................Stonework found on Hollins Ferry Road, in South Baltimore.


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              stoneway
.............Woman's head over a doorway in West Baltimore City.

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....Odd looking face over a doorway of a rowhouse, I believe this one was also in West Baltimore.

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              Boy Stone doorway Baltimore
.....What appears to be a boy walking along, carrying a large bag.
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              Stoneway 2008
.........................Leaf design, West Baltimore City.

In order of appearance ( below ) , a lion head peeks out of the facade of a home on North Eutaw Street. The bas relief next to that image can be found on a closed up industrial building in East Baltimore near Chester Street. The stone bust below that picture is on the same building, at the entranceway. I am happy to report someone removed the bike tire that was around the stone since this picture was taken. Finally, a stone Coca Cola bottle on the old distributing plant on Kirk Avenue, in Northeast Baltimore.
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              Work , Baltimore Maryland

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Kilduff's first started out as a web site devoted to Baltimore movie theatres, and below you can find some of the stone work of the old Town Theatre in downtown Baltimore. The building recently underwent renovation, and has since reopened as the Everyman Theatre.  Below that, two odd stone heads on the old Pabst Beer packing plane on South Charles Street. Stone work on a row house on East North Avenue, near Calvert Street can be seen below that and the doorstone of the old Southwestern Police District house on Pratt Street at Calhoun, with the buildings construction date of  1883 listed.
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Pabst Building, South Baltimore Stone faces
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              Pabst Building Stone faces

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( Below ) The Reese Monument, while it was kept at Lake Clifton High School in Northeast Baltimore ( 2008 ) . It was recently returned to the old Eastern High School, which is now owned by Johns Hopkins. ( Below that ) , Stone work above the entranceway of the old Mercantile Bank building on West Baltimore Street, which was later the headquarters of the Carrollton Bank. The building is currently used as a church. ( Below right ) The wise old owl can be found high above street level on the old Dunbar High School building on Caroline Street near Orleans Street.
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........................Mercantile Building, West Baltimore Stone Eagle
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              School Stone Owl

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Above, The eagle that had been on the Chesapeake Cadillac building for years was saved and added to the facade of the supermarket that went up on the site. Not quite as lucky, some of the stone work , on a smaller side building , of the West Baltimore General Hospital on Rayner Street , which has since been torn down......

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Above left, a face from the Crown Cork and Seal Company Building , on Guilford Avenue. The other three pictures are of the wing lions on the front of a school on Pimlico Avenue at Woodland.


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                Fire Fighter
....... Stone Baltimore firefighter  - South Hanover Street Firehouse
......Three stone heads
                Baltimore
...3 heads are better than one, on this old private school building on Chase Street .
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                Church EAst Baltimore
............Angel's face on the side of a church in East Baltimore.
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                City Hospitals Entranceway
...........Old Entranceway of Baltimore City's Hospital - now a part of JHH

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                Avenue
A row of lions looking out at Baltimore for the past 100 years from the old Tickner Building on West North Avenue.


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                Apartments
.....Stone front of the Forest Hill Apartment building on Liberty Hgts Avenue.
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                Fire House Baltimore
Stone work of a Paca Street Firehouse in downtown Baltimore.



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                College Baltimore
..."C C ", Baltimore's old City College building, now apartments.

Ponca Street Electrical Building
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              Electrical Building

Monumental Lodge



..............................Monumental LOdge Building Baltimore
...........Monumental Lodge Baltimore

Building Corner Stones
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              stone Baltimore Arlington Place

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              Place Baltimore StoneCorner


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Chesapeake Terrace Baltimore Corner Stone
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