Charlie and I went on a little outing on Saturday afternoon into Baltimore City to visit one of the City’s historic landmarks: The Bromo Seltzer Tower (now called the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower).
The Bromo Seltzer Tower is modeled after the bell tower of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.
We had never been to the Tower although it’s impossible to miss it on a drive into the city of Baltimore.
A view from the base of the tower.
They hold an open house on Saturdays from May to October (check website for more information).
Upon arrival we were greeted in the tiny lobby and gallery by a vivacious woman who told us we could sign up for the “clock tour,” go to the 11 floor (of 15) for poetry readings, take in a youth production on the 15th floor, and drop into the various art studios.
The building is over 100 years old and uses the original elevator floor indicators. Note there is a mezzanine but no 13th.
We signed up for the tour and waited for the elevator to take us to the 15th. Upon arrival at the 15th we walked down a few floors to see the artist’s studios and works.
A view from the 15th floor looking down the stairs.
The walls were used as galleries for the various artists studioed here.
Varied media, sizes, and styles are available.
One of the studios was also a gallery of the watercolorist Martha Dougherty.
The watercolor studio of Martha Dougherty.
I enjoyed her large-scale floral and architectural renderings.
These prints can be hung in any direction.
We had an interesting visit that was not finished until we took the Clock Tour which I’ll detail in a separate post. Charlie and I walked down the 15 flights of steps just to make sure we didn’t miss any of the displays.
Do you have a list of free or inexpensive happenings in your hometown?