More About the Building: Inside

The Lord Baltimore Hotel is as distinctive inside as it is outside. As described in the 1982 application to the National Register of Historic places:

“The major interior spaces, the lobby, main dining room and Cavalier Room, and banquet hall or grand ballroom, feature Italian Renaissance styling. The 5,377 square foot lobby was originally finished in marble. It has large squared piers with Corinthian captials, brass chandalier and is surrounded by a mezzanine. The main dining room off a marble stairway from the lobby features a high ceiling, mirrored transoms and large windows. The banquet hall on the second floor can seat 1,250 people. It features large arched windows and crystal chandaliers. The hotel originally housed 700 rooms, but this has been reduced to the present 600 rooms.”

The document describes the rooms in greater detail further along:

“The hotel is entered from either the Hanover Street side or the Baltimore Street side. Revolving doors of the Hanover Street entrance lead directly into the lobby, while a short flight of stairs must be climbed up to the lobby from the Baltimore Street entrance. The lobby is a spacious carpeted room with a surrounding mezzanine and high coffered ceilings richly decorated in octogonal designs. From the Hanover Street entrance, the check-in desk is straight ahead, the elevators are to the left and the main dining room is a short flight of stairs up to the right. The floors are now carpeted, but were originally Terazzo marble of colored marble squares laid off by brass strips… The eight squared off marble piers supporting the mezzanien are now covered with wall paper up to gold Corinthia capitals. The lobby walls were also originally marble of rose Traventine with a base of Italian Levanto marble. The mezzanine facing features a delicate arcaded design surmounted by a bronze railing. In the center of the lobby is a large brass chandalier. Marble stairs with bronze railings lead up to the mezzanine on the left, near the elevators and just to the right of the check-in desk…

The main dining room (now called the Cavalier Room) is off a marble stairway a half level above the south side of the lobby. The dining room is a long, narrow room featuring brass chandaliers, a highly decorated beam ceiling, pilasters with gold painted decorations at the capitals and cornice, and large windows along Baltimore Street…

The entire second floor is devoted to the grand ballroom or banquet hall which is flanked by a series of meeting rooms. The ballroom bisects the hotel in a north-south direction. The immense ballroom includes a balcony, large arched windows, crystal chandaliers, and a ceiling which is slightly vaulted at the balconies. The balcony facing and walls are now finished in wood paneling. The small meeting rooms next to the balconies feature attractive murals of historical Baltimore scenes painted in 1944.”

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