Monday, February 14, 2011

UPDATED (with corrections)
Quoted from Baltimore County Legacy Web
TOPIC: Parks - Baltimore City

Description: Union Square Park, with its fountain and band shell, is in West Baltimore.

Date: originally cited as c. 1930 - actually sometime after 1976
UPDATE: The 1930 date is for the founding of the Blakeslee-Lane Studio.
The date of photo would be sometime after the fountain was replaced 1976 (the image does not show the original fountain) and the photographer's retirement in 1980. Thanks to Betsy Blades for prompting this correction.
Photographer: Blakeslee-Lane Studio
Source: George Blakeslee
Renowned Baltimore photographer George Blakeslee retired in 1980 and passed away September 7, 1999

(Source: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1999-09-14/news/9909140191_1_blakeslee-baltimore-businesses-photo-murals)

Noteworthy in this photo:
  • The fountain is actually in operation
  • The pavilion (identified as a "band shell" in the text) is painted with contrasting trim elements.
"The H. L. Mencken Fountain at the center of the square, ringed with 32 decorative metal bookleaves commemorating the author's works, was donated by old friends, including the publisher Alfred Knopf and the owner of Baltimore's old German restaurant, Haussner's."
Quoted from the New York Times article "The 'Charm City' Of H. L. Mencken" By CHRISTOPHER CORBETT, a novelist who lives in Baltimore. Published: September 4, 1988

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