H.L. Mencken House

"As much a part of me as my own two hands," is how Henry Louis Mencken described his house at 1524 Hollins Street and his personality can be seen in everything from the parquet floors to the garden tiles. In 1880, Mencken was brought by his parents as an infant to the house and lived there until his death at the age of 75.

Much of Mencken's writing, reading and thinking was done in the second floor front study, with its view of Union Square and the surrounding neighborhood. It was here where Mencken's "councils of war" were held over various government actions to suppress books and where Mencken convinced the famous lawyer Clarence Darrow to defend John Scopes in the Scopes Monkey Trial. It was also in this room where Mencken wrote the newspaper columns and books that made him, in the words of journalist Walter Lippmann, "the most powerful personal influence" in America. The house was a central feature of the former City Life Museums, and since its closing in 1997, the Friends of the H.L. Mencken House have cared for the building.

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H.L. Mencken House

H.L. Mencken House

Exterior view of the H.L. Mencken House across from Union Square Park. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Eli Pousson View File Details Page

H.L. Mencken (1947)

H.L. Mencken (1947)

Photograph of H.L. Mencken in his home at 1527 Hollins Street. | Source: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, B737(4)B. | Creator: A. Aubrey Bodine View File Details Page

H.L. Mencken in his garden (1955)

H.L. Mencken in his garden (1955)

Photograph of H.L. Mencken in his garden. | Source: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, B737(5)D. | Creator: A. Aubrey Bodine View File Details Page

H.L. Mencken (1955)

H.L. Mencken (1955)

Photograph of H.L. Mencken. | Source: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, B737(5)H. | Creator: A. Aubrey Bodine View File Details Page

Audio

Introduction to the H.L. Mencken House

Excerpt from an interview with Richard Pickens, Friends of the H.L. Mencken House. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Eli Pousson View File Details Page

Description of the H.L. Mencken House

Excerpt from an interview with Richard Pickens, Friends of the H.L. Mencken House. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Eli Pousson View File Details Page

Street Address:

1524 Hollins Street, Baltimore, MD 21223 [map]

Official Website:

Mencken House Central

Cite this Page:

“H.L. Mencken House,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed April 26, 2017, http://explore.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/12.
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