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St James Hotel – Baltimore

We have been cleaning up a bit and found a few nice photos we wanted to share.These are of the St  James Hotel that used to be at Charles Street and Centre Street ( Southwest Corner ) . It was torn down in the 1960’s for the apartment building that now stands on the site.

More on Baltimore Hotel’s can be found on our page

Lobster Shacks – Models

Sooo, you ask , what does a website on John Kilduff and Maryland have to do with a ” Lobster Shack” ? What is a ” Lobster Shack” anyway. you are probably asking, with good cause. Well, After my grandfather “retired”, he continued in his hobby of art of from what I can tell, traveled to Maine to visit my other grandfather , Bernie Paul of Paul’s Puppets. ( Now you see the connection to all this stuff )……Anyway, he was interested in the tiny seaside shacks that were used to house the lobster traps when they weren’t being used.

At first he worked on drawings of the structures, but soon after he began to create small hand modeled structures on pieces of driftwood he would find. The detail on these was amazing, as you will see.

The entire model is about a foot long. Each Lobster Shack was different and depending on the driftwood, would be simple or complex, with small wooden walkways wandering their ways to small boats on the model.

Baltimore Monuments

We have had a page for Baltimore Monuments posted for over ten years ….amd while we’ll stay out of alll the discusion regarding the topic, we figured a link to the page, which has been updated was in order…


Click the Francis Scott Key Monument above to checkout the pages

Been working on the pages……We found postcards from all over the Country. We plan to do more on the Maryland pages this Fall, but it’s cool to see what else te Country has to offer.


Baltimore Highway Plans that never happened

Baltimore Highway and Tunnel Plans

You have to wonder what Baltimore and the surrounding Counties would be like if the plans from 1959 came true and there was a “Outer” beltway built. Today, as you travel north in Baltimore County, it’s about as peaceful as you can imagine. While I see the positives of such a beltway to the beltway, I’m happy to see the idea was just that, an idea. If you look closely, you can see yet a third highway north of the Outer Beltway.

The tunnel idea was probably not the best idea either…………

Ok…..The harbor bridge…..again, probably better it wasn’t built.


Baltimore – 1959 & McDonald’s Restaurants

Looking through an old 1959 Baltimore Commerce travel guide, I found a page of Baltimore Carry outs from circa 1959.

Surprisingly, the count of McDonald’s located back then in this area was only three. 

I believe McDonald’s began to expand around 1955. The three locations in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area I could find were :

619 East Joppa Rd, Towson – If the address is correct, now part of the Black and Decker Complex

7010 Ritchie Highway – There are fast food restaurants in that block today, but no McDonalds.

7734 Wise Avenue – While a much newer building, there is still a McDonald’s at this location.

I know addresses change as areas grow, so I got it wrong, please let me know. I post the other restaurants that were around back in 1959 in a bit, but a quick check shows 2 John Mackey’s, 3 Mathias Garden Houses, 3 Oriole Cafes, 13 Little Taverns, and 38 White Coffee Pots. Ameche’s had eight locations,  18 Ginos, 3 Hot Shoppes, and three Gordon’s of Orleans Chains.

Locations :

Ameche’s ( 1959)

7710 Wise Avenue

5800 Reisterstown Rd.

2085 York Rd. (Timonium)

Gov. Ritchie Hwy (no numbers given)

Loch Raven Blvd & Taylor Avenue

5807 Harford Road

3519 Dolfield Avenue

Gino’s Restaurants (circa 1959)

619 York Rd (Towson)

5900 Pulaski Highway

4000 North Point Rd

5801 Ritchie Highway

101 East North Avenue

7112 Liberty Rd

1735 Washington Blvd

216 West Baltimore Street

2912 Harford Road

6000 Belair Rd

8910 Belair Road

1602 Eastern Blvd

501 Frederick Rd

1910 Edison Highway

530 Dundalk Avenue

6333 Baltimore National Pike

2129 York Rd (Towson)

8709 Liberty Rd


Old 1900 Baltimore Street and Alley Names

Old Baltimore Street Names – 1900

While checking an old map for a location, I coould not help but notice the old street names for Baltimore, circa 1900.

Please , if see you see any that have survived, let me know.

If the name doesn’t have “street”, “road” or a prefix, I’m just putting down what the map said.

Alluvion, Arch

Bank Lane, Bankard Alley, Becks Lane, Burgundy Alley, Butcher’s Lane

Cairo Street, Chicago Avenue, China, Camel Alley,Crooked Lane, Comb Alley, Cider Alley

Diamond, Denver

Elk, Elbow Lane

Forney Alley, Foreman’s Court

Goldsmith Alley, Gunpowder

Haw, Hog Alley, House Court, 

Jew’s Alley 

Little Green

Mary Anna,  Mangold

Napoleon Avenue 


Pressbrick Court, Prince, Pimlico Alley, Pig Alley, Peach Alley

Stag Alley, Stump Alley

Welcome Alley, Winter, Wooster, Wormseed Alley 





1970’s Baltimore Restaurants

I often get questions about the names of old Baltimore Restaurants –

Here a a few of the ones most asked about :

Nopska – The old boat turned in a floating restaurant in the Inner Harbor righ before Harborplace was built. Was docked next to the Port Welcome.

Remember the Disco Restaurants : Girards at Cathedral and Eager

The Ritz – 28 Light Street

The Pimlico Hotel – 5301 Park Heights

Peerce’s Planation – Dulaney Valley Rd, Baltimore County

House of Welch – 301 Guilford Avenue

Chesapeake Restaurant – 1701 North Charles Street

Harvey House – 920 North Charles Stree

Danny’s – Charles and Biddle Streets

This is just the start of the list……

Welcome Back Parkway Theatre !

If you were to tell me twenty years that the Parkway Theatre would have been ” brought back”, I would have never believed you. I have always been a big fan of the North Avenue theatre…..I always hoped it would survive and it has. Figured it was a good time to share some pics…..

The old theatre was one of several in that area……Lets not forget the Aurora and recently revived Centre.

Back in the mid 1980’s, work was done to the front of the theatre.

It’s never been an easy theatre to photograph. It”s hard to get a good picture with the traffic as it is.

More Old Train Station Pics – From Cecil County Md

If you look on a map for Aiken Maryland,you’ll see the tracks for the CSX (B&O OldLine),but it’shard to imagine there was once a train station here. The photo dates back to to the 1890’s, and I found a small collection of them I am sharing. Sorry for the quality ( or lack or it ), but I do the best with what I find.

I believe Leslie was also a stop in Cecil County along the B&O Line. Photo is dated from the late 1800’s,perhaps around 1890. I haven’t found much n these old stations, but I did find a map of all old Railroad stations which did should stations at these two locations.

Child’s is the final old station for the B&O Railroad I could find, so far. I may  have mixed up locations so bear with me.I find it odd that there’s absolutely nothing I could find written  about  these.

Baltimore County is next…….