Friday, April 20, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Lady Baltimore

After 187 years of rain, snow, wind, and sun, the Lady Baltimore statue on top of the Battle of Baltimore monument will be moved indoors to the Walters Art Gallery.  From her perch 39 feet high, she's had an unbridled view down South Calvert Street and the harbor promenade.  She'll be replaced by a duplicate as part of a nearly $150,000 restoration of the monument.

Built between 1815 and 1825, the monument commemorates the defense of the city against the British invasion in 1814 (during the War of 1812).

View of the monument from the Inner Harbor
Damage to the monument
The monument became part of the Baltimore City seal in 1827, and part of the Baltimore City flag in the 20th century.
Baltimore City Seal
Baltimore City Flag