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The Monument City project began with a curiosity for the multitude of public memorials in Baltimore. As a resident of Charles Village I’m surrounded by public statuary including nine examples on or near Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus. The initial goal was to photograph Charm City’s memorials and add them to Flickr, Panoramio and this blog with detailed GPS and background information. As the process carried on I began learning about the history and design of our incredibly unique city. Research led to more research and continues indefinitely.

The Monument City Blog is constantly changing. Each time I take a new photograph or find an interesting piece of data I update the pertinent post, page or picture. The scope of the website has grown considerably over the last few years adding focus to Druid Hill Park, Green Mount Cemetery, The Peale Museum, local artists and beyond. Monument City aims to keep Baltimore history relevant by providing a modern platform for its presentation.

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February 17th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

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  1. Hello, I am a Baltimore historian who teaches classes on the city’s history and aspects of it. I have taught courses on Baltimore monuments for several years and am currently doing the class for Johns Hopkins Odyssey program. I stumbled on to you site in trying to determine whether the sculptor for the Gibbons monument at the Basilica was Betti Richard or Beth Richard. Your photos are really sharp. I also commented on several items in the archives section. One of the areas you should definitely look at is the role played by the Municipal Art Society with regard to the city monuments. Finally, here are the artists for some of the monuments that did not show that information:

    John Eager Howard – Emmanuel Fremiet
    FOP Police Memorial – Ferebee Strett Thulman
    Confed. Soldiers & Sailors – F Wellington Ruckstuhl
    Columbus – Inner Harbor – Bigarani Anuro
    Armistead – Federal Hill – G Metsger
    Confederate Women – J Maxwell Miller
    Pope John Paul – Jospeh sheppard
    Spirit of Music at JHU – Jud Hartmann
    Katyn Memorial – Andrzej Pityuski

  2. There are some additional Civil War monuments you may want to add to this site. There are several Union monuments in the old National Cemetery (next to Louden Cemetery) in SW Baltimore. There are, I believe, three Confederate monuments in Louden, the most promninent of which is in the Confederate Cemetery therein. There is also a small GAR monument in the SE corner of Federal Hill.

    Lonnie Belt

    7 Mar 10 at 12:30 pm

  3. FYI, Today’s Sun has an article on the anniverssary of the Baltimore Fire and Wayne Schaumberg.


    Gerry Lardner

    7 Feb 11 at 9:11 am

  4. Gerry Lardner

    7 Feb 11 at 9:13 am

  5. Thanks, great article. It’s strange, I just found the grave of John Hurst today at Green Mount. Just stumbled upon it.


    7 Feb 11 at 8:31 pm

  6. A great resource. Thanks for all your hard work. I am a historian of the War of 1812. I wanted to point out thf on your War of 1812 page you have the “Fort McHenry Cannonball at Police Headquarters” which is not an artifact of the bombardment of 1814 but is a cannonball of the same era as the 1870’s Rodman artillery at the fort. Look at the sign in your photograph. Thanks, Chris.

  7. Thanks for the clarification Chris. I wasn’t sure of the artifact’s age and don’t know much about the Rodman Company.

    There is another bomb at the Maryland Historical Society from the bombardment.


    18 Dec 11 at 8:12 pm

  8. I would like to see a page on the school buildings. I am willing to help with the task!!


    2 Mar 12 at 5:28 pm

  9. Thank you for this site. I look up one item and find myself delving in to other monuments.


    27 May 12 at 5:49 pm

  10. […] About at Monument City BlogFeb 17, 2009 … Wayne R. Schaumburg. 5 Mar 09 at … FYI, Today’s Sun has an article on the anniverssary of the Baltimore Fire and Wayne Schaumberg. Gerry … […]

  11. This blog is outstanding! Since moving to MD from NJ a few years back, I’ve been slowly learning about my newly adopted city. This blog is such an awesome resource for me now. Thank you, and please keep up the great work!


    14 Nov 13 at 1:53 pm

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