Mount Vernon is located north of downtown Baltimore. It is one of Baltimore's oldest neighborhoods and was originally home to the city's most wealthy and fashionable families. Mount Vernon is a National Historic Landmark District and a city Cultural District. The neighborhood is most famously known as the hometown of George Washington and is the proudful home to the original Washington Monument.
Due to its close proximity to downtown Baltimore, Mount Vernon is well-served by public transportation. Take the Purple Line of the Charm City Circulator, the Light Rail Line, or the Metro Subway to reach Mount Vernon from the downtown area.
Though Mount Vernon is typically a residential area, it is also home to various institutions, such as the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Walters Art Museum, Contemporary Museum, University of Baltimore, Baltimore School for the Arts, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute.
After World War II, Mount Vernon became home to many professional service providers, including medical and legal offices, publishing firms, architectural firms, insurance and financial institutions, and fund managers. The Mount Vernon area is also heavily occupied by art galleries, retail stores, hotels, and bed and breakfasts. If you have time, visit North Charles Street to experience Mount Vernon's nightlife scene.
In 1977, Mount Vernon established the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB), now known as the Pride Center of Maryland. Mount Vernon continues to celebrate gay milestones and, to this day, is considered a gay village in Baltimore.
In 1971, the Washington Monument and its surrounding area to the west and south were named a National Historic Landmark District.
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