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The Mount Vernon Cultural District

The Basilica is a proud member of the Mt. Vernon Cultural District, which is a collaborative partnership among the cultural institutions in the Mt. Vernon area of Baltimore. The Mt. Vernon Cultural District provides unequaled and rich of cultural experience.

Since the founding of the Peabody Institute in 1857, Mt. Vernon has enjoyed a continuing association with the arts. Nineteenth century Philanthropist George Peabody’s vision of Baltimore’s citizens attending lectures, listening to music, viewing art, and using a well-stocked research library has been realized. Today, nationally and internationally renowned institutions – museums, theaters, opera and symphony halls, colleges, libraries, shrines – coexist in the Mt. Vernon Cultural District with newer institutions that add to the area’s vibrant mix of culture.

The cultural riches of the Mt. Vernon Cultural District are scattered throughout one of the most beautiful urban areas in the nation. George Washington benignly surveys the neighborhood from atop a 178-foot high marble pillar, the first monument to him in the nation (ca. 1815), the centerpiece of Mt. Vernon Place. Four elegant European style parks, filled with statuary, fountains and flowers, flank the monument. In turn, they are surrounded by beautiful 19th Century townhouses. Mt. Vernon has always been, and continues to be today, a very diverse community, home to all classes, races, and nationalities. For more information about the Mt. Vernon Cultural District, visit mountvernonbaltimore.org

The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street | Phone: 410-547-9000

The Walters Art Museum is internationally renowned for its collection of art, which was amassed substantially by two men, William and Henry Walters, and eventually bequeathed to the City of Baltimore. The collection presents an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe, and counts among its many treasures Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi; medieval ivories and Old Master paintings; Art Deco jewelry and 19th-century European and American masterpieces.

Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street | Phone: 410-396-5430

Situated directly across the street from the Basilica, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States. In January of 1882, Mr. Enoch Pratt offered a gift to the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore of a Central library, four branch libraries, and an endowment of $833,333.33. “My library,” said Mr. Pratt, “shall be for all, rich and poor without distinction of race or color, who, when properly accredited, can take out the books if they will handle them carefully and return them.” This central library, which opened in 1886, was located on Mulberry Street. The Cathedral Street building opened in 1933. The Pratt’s Mission: To provide equal access to information and services that support, empower, and enrich all who pursue knowledge, education, cultural enrichment, and lifelong learning.

Peabody Institute and George Peabody Library
1 East Mt. Vernon Place | Phone: 410-659-8100

The Peabody Institute was America’s first music academy, and founded in 1857 by George Peabody, who is considered by many to be America’s first philanthropist. As part of one of the nation’s leading universities, Johns Hopkins, the Peabody Institute trains musicians and dancers of every level, from small children to seasoned professionals, and dedicated amateurs to winners of international awards. Each year, Peabody stages more than 150 major concerts and performances, ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz, many of them free. As a testament to the vision of Mr. Peabody, the Institute will celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2007. The George Peabody Library is a remarkable research library housed in an outstanding building that is a showcase of 19th Century architecture. Dating from the founding of the Peabody Institute, over 300,000 volumes are housed, largely from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Baltimore School for the Arts
712 Cathedral Street | Phone: 410-396-1185

The BSA is a national leader in preparing high school students for careers in the arts. BSA provides qualified students with intensive training in one of four disciplines: the visual arts, music, theatre, or dance. A further mission of the school is to serve as an arts resource to the Baltimore community by offering performances, educational workshops, and extensive after-school training in the arts to Baltimore.

Centerstage
700 North Calvert Street | Phone: 410-332-0033

Baltimore’s leading professional producing theater company for over forty years, is considered a pioneer in America’s regional theater movement. Smart, bold interpretations of both classic and contemporary plays, combined with exceptional production values, have earned a reputation for both innovation and excellence as well as the following of a loyal audience. Artistry – in service both to artists and the audience – is Centerstage’s top priority.

The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
847 North Howard Street | Phone: 410-225-3130

This unique site promotes the unique history and continuing legacy of African-American Art and culture in the City of Baltimore. Through exhibitions, programming, and educational activities, low and moderate-income residents have the opportunity to participate in the arts and culture. A special focus is made on extending the work of the Institute to encourage young people to participate and learn the discipline of the arts.

The Garrett Jacobs Mansion and Engineers’ Club
11 West Mt. Vernon Place | Phone: 410-539-6914

Located on West Mt. Vernon Place, the Mansion is a jewel in the crown of Baltimore’s most distinctive historic homes. A unique example of a building that combines the work of two of America’s most distinguished and influential architects: Stanford White and John Russell Pope, the mansion epitomizes nineteenth century Golden Age elegance and grandeur.

The Maryland Humanities Council
108 West Centre Street  | Phone: 410-685-0095

The MD Humanities Council is a non-profit educational organization that stimulates and promotes informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders. The Council encourages public dialogue that interprets the human experience, promotes cross-cultural understanding, explores human values, strengthens our community, and connects us to the wider world. The public humanities programs, both staff-initiated and grant-supported, help provide a bridge between the academic community and the general public.

Restaurants

Sotto Sopra
405 North Charles Street  | Phone: 410-625-0534
Eclectic Northern Italian cuisine with Mediterranean flair, located in the heart of Mount Vernon. Call ahead to arrange for pre-fixe menu for large groups.
$$$-$$$$, kids ok, large groups OK.
Hours: Lunch, Monday – Saturday: 11am-2:30pm. Dinner, Sunday: 5pm-9pm; Monday: 5:30pm-9:30pm; Tuesday – Thursday: 5:30pm-10:30pm; Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm-11:30pm.

Ban Thai
340 North Charles Street | Phone: 410-727-7971
Rated ‘Excellent’ by Zagat’s, and a perennial ‘Best of Baltimore’, Ban Thai serves delicious Thai cuisine at moderate prices.
$-$$, kids ok, can accommodate groups up to 100 persons with a reservation.
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11am-10pm.

Mick O’Shea’s Restaurant and Bar
328 North Charles Street | Phone: 410-539-7504
Mick O’Shea’s is an American-Irish neighborhood pub.  We serve traditional Irish fare, like Shepherd’s Pie and corned beef and cabbage; and other favorites, such as juicy burgers and shrimp salad.
$-$$, kids ok, can accommodate groups up to 100 persons with a reservation.
Hours: Kitchen, Monday – Sunday: 11:30am-12am. Bar, Monday – Sunday: 11:30am-2am.

HomeSlyce
336 North Charles Street | Phone: 410-501-4000
Baltimore’s Premier Pizza Bar offering Eat-in, Carry-Out and Delivery with locations in Federal Hill, Mount Vernon and Canton!
Hours: Monday-Sunday:11:00 am – 11:30 pm

Cazbar
316 North Charles Street | Phone: 410-528-1222
Cazbar is a Mediterranean restaurant open daily for lunch, dinner and late night fare.
20% discount for Basilica groups (must provide confirmation letter), $-$$, kids ok, can accommodate 100 with a reservation (pre-fixe menu), reservations required for 16 or more.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11am-11pm.

Restaurante Tio Pepe
10 East Franklin Street | Phone: 410-539-4675
We are dedicated to offering authentic Spanish cuisine such as paella, fillet of sole with bananas and many other favorites.
$$-$$$, kids ok, large groups OK.
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 1:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm; Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11:30pm; Saturday: 5pm-11:30pm; Sunday: 4pm-10pm.

Midtown BBQ
15 East Centre Street | Phone: 410-837-1300
Friendly neighborhood tavern and restaurant, boasting fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches and homemade pizzas.
$, kids ok, can accommodate moderate-sized groups (40 or less).
Hours: Kitchen, Monday – Saturday: 11am-1am; Sunday: 11am-12am. Bar, Monday – Sunday: 11am-2am.

Gallery Café
13 West Centre Street | Phone: 410-539-4026

The Gallery Café serves standard café and deli fare; sandwiches, soups, and salads, as well as ice cream, coffee and espresso.
10% discount for Basilica groups. $, kids ok, limited indoor and outdoor seating.
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7am-4pm; Saturday: 10am-4pm; closed Sunday.

Maisy’s
313 N. Charles Street | Phone: 443-220-0150
American fare including bison burgers, salads, brick-oven pizza.
Price range:  $$,  Reservations, groups, kids OK
Hours:  Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm (12 am Fri/Sat)

Sascha’s 527 Cafe
527 N. Charles Street | Phone: 410-539-8880
Creative American food with global touches from Asia to France, and Morocco in between
Price range: $$, reservations, kids,groups OK.
Hours:  Daytime: Monday – Friday:  11 am – 3 pm; Evening: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 pm – 10 pm; Friday and Saturday: 5:30 pm – 11 pm.

Catholic Baltimore

While you are in Baltimore, we encourage you to rediscover your Catholic roots by visiting other Catholic sites which will complement your visit to the Basilica.

Most of the sites below are within walking distance.

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1. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2. St. Alphonsus 114 West Saratoga Street | Phone: 410-685-6090

St. John Neumann and Blessed Francis X. Seelos, C.Ss.R. have both served as Pastor of this historic Lithuanian parish.

3. St. Jude Shrine 308 North Paca Street | Phone: 410-685-6026

One of the only non-parish shrine churches in honor of St. Jude in the country.

4. Old St. Mary’s Chapel 600 North Paca Street | Phone: 410-728-6464

Founded in 1791, St. Mary’s was the first Seminary in the United States. The Chapel shares much in common with the Basilica. Construction also began in 1806; it was consecrated by Archbishop John Carroll; and the Chapel’s architect, Maximilian Godefoy, consulted the Basilica’s architect, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, on its design. St. Mary’s Chapel is also a National Historic Landmark.

5. Mother Seton House 600 North Paca Street | Phone: 410-523-3443

With the help of her friend, John Carroll, Elizabeth Ann Seton established a school for girls at St. Mary’s Seminary. While living at this house from 1808 to 1809, she took her religious vows at St. Mary’s Seminary Chapel and founded the religious order of the Daughters of Charity. Afterwards, she established a school for girls in Emmitsburg, Maryland, the first parochial school in America.

6. St. Ignatius 740 North Calvert Street | Phone: 410-727-3848

Originally built in 1856 to serve the students and families of Loyola College, the recently renovated Saint Ignatius Church provides regular liturgical and sacramental celebrations for its people.

7. St. Francis Xavier 1501 E. Oliver Street | Phone: 410-727-3103

The first African-American Catholic community in the United States.

8. Cathedral of Mary Our Queen 5200 N. Charles Street | Phone: 410-464-4000

Cathedral of Baltimore. Constructed from 1954-1959.

9. St. Vincent de Paul 120 North Front Street | Phone: 410-962-5078

Dedicated in 1841, St. Vincent’s is the oldest Catholic parish church in continuous use in Baltimore.

10. St. Leo the Great 227 South Exeter Street | Phone: 410-675-7275

Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Little Italy, this historically Italian parish opened in 1881.

11. Divine Mercy Shrine 408 South Chester Street | Phone: 410-732-3960

At Baltimore’s premier Polish-American Catholic church, Holy Rosary, the Divine Mercy Shrine is dedicated to Trusting in Jesus’ Love through the power of His Healing Mercy. Pilgrimages and tours of the Shrine and Church are available by appointment only.

12. Shrine of St. Anthony 12290 Folly Quarter Road | Phone: 410-531-2850

Located approximately one half hour from the Basilica, in historic Ellicott City, at the home of the Franciscan Friars, the Shrine houses a major relic of St. Anthony in its Chapel, which is open to the public.

Hotels

Our Mt. Vernon Cultural District Partner Hotels

Baltimore Hostel
17 West Mulberry Street
410-576-8880
www.baltimorehostel.org

The Embassy Suites Baltimore-Inner Harbor
222 Saint Paul Place
410-727-2222
http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/maryland/embassy-suites-baltimore-inner-harbor-BWIBDES/index.html

The Tremont Park Hotel
8 East Pleasant Street
410-576-1200
www.tremonts.com

The Peabody Court Hotel
612 Cathedral Street
410-727-7101 or 800-292-5500
www.peabodycourthotel.com

Hotel Indigo
24 West Franklin Street
410-625-6200
www.hotelindigo.com

Hotel Brexton
868 Park Avenue
410-235-5400
www.brextonhotel.com

Downtown/Inner Harbor and Other Hotels

Abacrombie Badger Bed & Breakfast
58 West Biddle Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410- 244-7227
www.abacrombie.net

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor
110 South Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410- 962-0202
www.marriott.com

Biltmore Suites
205 West Madison Street
410-728-6550
www.biltmoresuites.com

Brookshire Inner Harbor Suite
120 East Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-625-1300
www.brookshiresuites.com

Days Inn Inner Harbor
100 Hopkins Place
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-576-1000
www.daysinn.com

Hampton Inn & Suites Inner Harbor
131 East Redwood Street
410-539-7888
www.hamptoninn.com

Harbor Court Hotel
550 Light Street
410-234-0550
www.harborcourt.com

Holiday Inn Inner Harbor
301 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-685-3500
888-400-9714
www.holiday-inn.com

Hyatt Regency Baltimore
300 Light Street
410-528-1234
www.hyatt.com

Quality Inn
110 St. Paul Street
410-637-3600
www.qualityinn.com (Links to St. Paul Street hotel)

Radisson Plaza Hotel Baltimore-Inner Harbor
20 West Baltimore Street
410-539-8400
www.radisson.com

Residence Inn by Marriott
17 Light Street
410- 962-1220
www.marriott.com

Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street
410-547-1200
www.renaissanceharborplace.com

Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
300 South Charles Street
410-962-8300
www.starwoodhotels.com

Springhill Suites by Marriott
16 South Calvert Street
443-957-2041
www.innerharborsuites.com

The Sheraton Baltimore City Center
101 West Fayette Street
410-752-1100
www.wyndham.com

Inn at the Colonnade Doubletree by Hilton Baltimore
4 West University Parkway
410-235-5400
www.colonnadebaltimore.com

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