The first clue that magic is afoot on North Howard Street is the collection of oversized alabaster clown masks that smile enigmatically through the dusty display windows of A.T. Jones & Sons, Inc. Enter the costume shop, and you face more sentries: a row of medieval suits of armor line the wall. A few are Victorian antiques, but most of the armor was fabricated from fiberglass. You can’t tell the old from the new, and that is the point.
The Patterson Park Pagoda, built in 1891, was originally known as the Observatory because of its excellent vistas. From its upper balconies on a clear day, visitors can see Baltimore’s downtown, the Key Bridge and Fort McHenry.
In the midst of a long hard winter, it’s nice to take a moment to reflect on one of the annual rites that give us hope the spring will soon be upon us. One such ritual is the beginning of Orioles spring training in Sarasota, Fla. Baltimore Sun photojournalist Karl Merton Ferron traveled south to capture images of the players as they stretch, run, throw and do drills as the team begins to take form.
The Fifth Regiment Armory was designed by architects Wyatt and Nolting in 1901 and opened in 1903. It was the first armory built by the State of Maryland for the National Guard at a cost of $300,000. It is the largest of the 37 armories in the state and it is also a historic landmark. The armory was the site of the National Democratic Convention in 1912, which nominated Woodrow Wilson for President. A fire destroyed much of the armory in 1933. The armory currently houses an extensive museum of Maryland National Guard artifacts.
Driving on I-95 just north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, you cannot help but notice the grinning, mustachioed cartoon character that appears to be winking at you. Though National Bohemian hasn’t brewed its beer at the intersection of O’Donnell and Conkling for 35-plus years, the company’s iconic mascot remains a ubiquitous reminder of this city’s industrial past.
Amy Davis has been a staff photographer at The Baltimore Sun since 1987. Her versatility with the camera is obvious in the wide variety of topics she has covered for The Sun. One thing is very evident as you view her work, her empathy for her subjects and her ability to portray their lives.
You wouldn’t know it by the character he played on HBO’s ‘The Sopranos’, Uncle Junior Soprano — who was prone to profanity, ire and general contempt for those around him – but actor Dominic Chianese has a passion for bringing music and art to the elderly.
Baltimore born-and-raised photographer Shawn Hubbard has been a team photographer for the Ravens for the past seven seasons. Here’s a look into how it all started, a look at some behind-the-scenes with the Ravens shots, and a few of his favorite prime-time and sometimes emotional Ravens moments.
A three-alarm fire gutted a late 18th century mansion in late January in the Roland Park area. Firefighters battled the blaze in frigid temperatures that were so cold that two fire hydrants were frozen and rendered inoperable. What was left behind the next day was a strange juxtaposition of destruction and beauty as water froze around the surrounding area formed interesting geometric shapes. Baltimore Sun staff photographer Karl Merton Ferron, who covered the fire for the newspaper, went back to scene the next day to record what Mother Nature’s cold snap had created in the wreckage.
Using art installations and murals, Nancy Scheinman designs three-dimensional, multisensory environments that set the scene for experiential learning in schools — learning through direct experience instead of just about the experience of others.