9 North Front Street

Former Home of Baltimore Mayor Thorowgood Smith

9 North Front Street is the former residence of Thorowgood Smith, a successful merchant and Baltimore’s second mayor. Built around 1790, the Federal style residence served as Smith’s home between 1802 and 1804.

The federal style of architecture was popular during Baltimore’s most vigorous period of growth, from the 1790s to the 1850s, when Baltimore vaulted into second place among American cities. The new residents were mostly housed in 1, 2, and 3½-story dormered brick row houses, less ornate than their Georgian predecessors. They are to be found all around the bustling harbor, from Fells Point through Little Italy and Jonestown to Federal Hill.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, the building served as a hotel, an auto-parts shop, and a restaurant. After Baltimore City purchased the property in 1971 for the urban renewal-era redevelopment of Shot Tower Park, the Women’s Civic League sponsored the property’s restoration.

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9 North Front Street (2011)

9 North Front Street (2011)

View of 9 N. Front Street. | Source: Monument City | Creator: Bryson Dudley View File Details Page

9 North Front Street

9 North Front Street

A silver plaque next to the door tells the story of former resident Mayor Thorowgood Smith. | Source: Full Circle Fine Art Services | Creator: Brian P. Miller View File Details Page

9 North Front Street

9 North Front Street

Rear view of 9 North Front Street showing the adjoining Shot Tower. | Source: Full Circle Fine Art Services | Creator: Brian P. Miller View File Details Page

Street Address:

9 N. Front Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 [map]

Official Website:

The Women's Civic League

Cite this Page:

“9 North Front Street,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed April 24, 2017, http://explore.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/442.
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