First Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, 1853-1879. Photo by Irena Stein.
By Professor Rita Costa-Gomes
Medieval Baltimore is a project that challenges students to find traces of the Middle Ages in the city of Baltimore. Several churches and public buildings in Baltimore look similar to medieval European buildings. The proliferation of Romanesque, Gothic, and (to a lesser extent) Moorish and Byzantine architectural forms in public and private buildings is remarkable in this city.
Our study of these buildings demands a particular attention to the nineteenth and twentieth century American Culture, in particular the urban history of Baltimore, and investigates how such "medieval" structures came to be constructed and became part of the urban imagination of Baltimore.
What was the appeal of "medieval" aesthetic ideals for the people of Baltimore when these buildings were being erected? What places and monuments of Europe embodied those ideals, and why? These are some of the questions students address in their research. Together, they build this site showing what they have discovered about Medieval Baltimore -- and its buildings, objects, and people.
Department of History
Liberal Arts Building, Room 4210 F (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.