Garrett-Jacobs Mansion

Description

Beginning in 1872, the mansion was the home of Robert Garrett, president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and his wife Mary Frick Garrett. After Robert Garrett's death, Mrs. Garrett married Dr. Henry Barton Jacobs and the couple added the ballroom by purchasing the neighboring house and converting it into an space for entertaining.

The mansion is exceptional for many things, including that it can boast of being the product of two renowned architects, Stanford White and John Russell Pope. The building, and particularly the ballroom, was the location of many society balls and Gilded Age parties that included dinner, dancing, live music, theater, and other festivities often for hundreds of people.

After Mrs. Garrett passed in 1936 and Dr. Jacobs in 1939, the Mansion had a series of different owners. In 1961, The Engineer's Club leased the building from the City of Baltimore. The city had acquired the property as part of an urban renewal plan to demolish the south side of Mt. Vernon Place and make way for an expansion of the Walters Art Gallery. Fortunately, these plans never received the funding required and in 1962 the Engineer's Club purchased it outright beginning a dedicated effort to preserve and maintain the historic structure.

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Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1958

Photograph of the Garrett-Jacobs House on West Mount Vernon Place by Lanny Miyamoto, October 1958.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--1 .

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1958

Photograph of the first floor drawing room at the Garrett-Jacobs House by Lanny Miyamoto, October 1958.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--2 .

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1958

Photograph of the breakfast room at the north end at the Garrett-Jacobs House by Lanny Miyamoto, October 1958.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--3.

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1960

Photograph of the theater or ballroom, facing the stage and pipe organ, at the Garrett-Jacobs House by Jack E. Boucher, March 1960.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--4 .

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1960

Photograph of the basement supper room in addition, built by Johns Russell Pope, at the Garrett-Jacobs House by Jack E. Boucher, March 1960.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--5.

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1960

Photograph of the dining room at the Garrett-Jacobs House by Jack E. Boucher, March 1960.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--6.

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1958

Photograph of the Grand Ballroom at the Garrett-Jacobs House by Lanny Miyamoto, October 1958.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--7.

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1960

Photograph of the Art Gallery in the Garrett-Jacobs House by Jack E. Boucher, March 1960.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--8.

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1960

Photograph of the front room in addition built by Johns Russell Pope by Jack E. Boucher, March 1960.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--9.

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1958

Photograph of the Grand Staircase at the Garrett-Jacobs House by Lanny Miyamoto, October 1958.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--10.

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1960

Photograph of the fireplace in the entrance hall at the Garrett-Jacobs House by Jack E. Boucher, March 1960.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--11.

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1958

Photograph of the library at the Garrett-Jacobs House by Lanny Miyamoto, October 1958.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--12.

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1958

Photograph of the entrance hall and fireplace at the Garrett-Jacobs House by Lanny Miyamoto, October 1958.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--13.

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 1960

Photograph of the south side of the entrance hall at the Garrett-Jacobs House by Jack E. Boucher, March 1960.

Image courtesy the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, HABS MD,4-BALT,115--14.

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Johns Hopkins, “Garrett-Jacobs Mansion,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed July 24, 2014, http:/​/​explore.​baltimoreheritage.​org/​items/​show/​55.​
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