From the Vault: “This is Baltimore” by Robert Kniesche
Gargoyles, bay windows, columns — links to the past are engraved in Baltimore’s architecture. Longtime Sun photographer Robert Kniesche was fascinated by such designs and documented them in a series called “This is Baltimore,” which ran in The Sun on Thursdays throughout the 1960s.
In 1970, he published a photo essay about the classical architecture of Official Baltimore’s Downtown buildings like City Hall. “Photographer Robert Kniesche is fascinated by the architectural detail of many of the old buildings in downtown Baltimore,” the accompanying article said.
Jul 07, 2016 @ 22:05:31
Yes Bob Kniesche was a great photographer. How about George, H. Cook’s photos. For example the racial riots in
Cambridge back in the 60’s… His photos of the Preakness….Hurricane coverage in ocean city n so. many more.
He had many prize winning photos.
Jul 06, 2016 @ 15:52:57
The ninth image showing the pediment at City Hall was originally designed to include a relief sculpture similar in style to the one shown on the pediment of St. Mary’s Seminary on the 10th image.
Here is an image showing the proposed design:
Jul 06, 2016 @ 15:48:54
The seventh image, graveyard cemetery, is now the Westminster Hall and Burying Grounds or historically the Old Western Burial Grounds where Poe is buried.
Jul 06, 2016 @ 15:46:12
The sixth image of the horses at the War Memorial building incorrectly calls them “winged horses.” They are more appropriately called Aquatic War Horses. The wings are from an osprey or eagle which are located between the front legs of each horse.
Jul 06, 2016 @ 15:35:15
The third image with no caption is the B&O Building at Charles Street and Baltimore Street.
Jul 06, 2016 @ 15:34:14
The second image with the caption:
May 27, 1965 – THIS IS BALTIMORE — Bay windows in the morning light. A type of architecture that has all but disappeared from the Baltimore scene. Photo by Robert F. Kniesche
is the Rochambeau Apartments that stood at Charles and Franklin streets before it was demolished by the Archdiocese.
Here is a link to an image of it from the Maryland Historical Society: