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Baltimore’s Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower

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The Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower is two blocks north of Oriole Park at the intersection of S. Eutaw Street and W. Lombard Street. Conceived by Captain Isaac Emerson and designed by Joseph Evans Sperry, the iconic structure was modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Captain Emerson invented Bromo-Seltzer, a hangover remedy containing sodium bromide, a toxic ingredient taken off the U.S. market in 1975. Bromo-Seltzer was sold nationwide and was very popular for its sedative qualities. Originally a giant bottle of the elixir stood on top of the clock tower. The factory at the base of the structure has since been replaced with the John F. Steadman fire station, the busiest fire station in the country. Today the tower is an enclave for some of Charm City’s artists, the historic building providing studios for painters, writers and photographers.

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February 5th, 2010 at 11:21 am