Union Square was on Facebook years before it became the cultural phenomenon we all know today. If you haven’t seen it, the Union Square Baltimore Facebook page is a great way to keep up with community news and activities. Click on the image (left) and get connected. While you’re there, be sure to click the “Like” button - and check all the comments and photos from other Union Square fans and residents.
Named for the graceful park at its center, Union Square combines with the Hollins Market area as the Union Square-Hollins Market Historic District – designated a National Register Historic District in 1967. It is a diverse residential urban setting in SoWeBo (SouthWest Baltimore) – home to art galleries, studios, and spacious examples of traditional Baltimore rowhomes with Federal, Greek Revival, and Italianate architecture.
Hollins Market, built in 1838, is Baltimore’s oldest home to food merchants. Also in the Union Square Historic District, attractions include annual events such as the Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour and the Sowebo Arts, Inc. Sowebohemian Festival, plus the Black Cherry Puppet Theatre, the H. L. Mencken House, the Southwest Baltimore Charter School, the H. L. Mencken Memorial Fountain (1976), the Enoch Pratt Free Library No. 2 Branch (1886), and Union Square Park with its Greek Revival Pavilion (1847).
The District is bounded by South Fulton Street to the west and South Schroeder Street to the east, with north and south borders of West Baltimore and West Pratt Streets. The area is built on a grid street system which conforms to the original 1818 layout of the area. Located approximately ten blocks west of the Inner Harbor, other nearby sites of interest include Camden Yards, Ravens Stadium, the B&O Railroad Museum, the Lithuanian Hall, Carroll Park (and the Carroll Park Golf Course), the Mount Clare Museum House, the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum, the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, the Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Memorial Museum, and the new (still under construction) UMB BioPark.
On the Square and on nearby streets, spacious three-story row houses predominate. Most are pre- and post-Civil War Italianate in style, but there are many examples of Early Victorian Greek Revival and Late Victorian Romanesque Revival. A majority of the homes have ten- to fourteen-foot ceilings, tall distinctive windows, wood floors, and plaster walls. Exteriors are brick and mortar facades with attractive cornices and marble steps. On the side streets and alleys there are an additional variety of charming two-story and two-story-with-attic rows. Home prices range from $20,000 to $500,000.
Contact your Real Estate agent for available listings in Union Square.
“It’s just not Christmas until we come to Union Square for the tour. It really gets our family in the spirit!”
Find out why people say this about the Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour. Make your own plans to visit us for the holidays!
Be sure to mark your calendar for the second Sunday of December.
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You’re invited to join the Union Square Association (USA) Group at LinkedIn. Joining will allow you to find and contact other USA members on LinkedIn.