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1914, Theodore Wells Pietsch; 2017 rehabilitated. 1715 Thames St.
  • (Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie)

The pier functioned as both a social center for the local, largely immigrant community and as one of the East Coast’s largest ports of entry for the shipping trade. Modeled after the public piers that appeared in British seaside towns, it included a dance hall and other spaces for social and educational gatherings. With ferry service between it and Locust Point across the river, the pier served as a point of passage for immigrants newly processed at the Locust Point Immigration Station. And as part of a working pier, it housed the offices of the harbormaster. The building combines elements of Georgian Revival and Beaux-Arts classicism, encompassing a great hall manifest on the exterior facade by full-height arched windows behind an arcade of Doric columns. The rusticated ground level’s wide entrance portal facilitates both pedestrian and vehicular access to the pier. Left vacant for many years, the building’s transformation into a boutique hotel was completed in early 2017. The ballroom once occupied by immigrants is now an opulent banquet hall.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "FELL’S POINT RECREATIONAL PIER", [Baltimore, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 194-195.

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