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1896, Joseph Evans Sperry. 20 Park Ave.
  • (Alexander Heilner)
  • (HABS)

This elegant three-story Beaux-Arts classical building was designed by a leading Baltimore architect for the ale and beer brewers’ guild of Baltimore. Baltimore was a national center of the brewing industry, largely due to the imported expertise of its German immigrants. The Brewers’ Exchange both offered a venue to negotiate prices for brewing-related commodities and securities and became a striking symbol of the accomplishments of the local industry. At this midpoint in Sperry’s prolific career he was the sole partner in his firm. The richly decorated terra-cotta facade was fabricated by the New York Architectural Terra-Cotta Company.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1896


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "BREWERS’ EXCHANGE", [Baltimore, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 168-169.

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