photo by Baltimore Museum of Industry

Virtual Tour of the Bromo Seltzer Art Tower

Starts

Friday, October 16, 2020 1:00 pm

Ends

Friday, October 16, 2020 1:30 pm

About the Event

Presented as part of Doors Open Baltimore 2020 Arts and Culture Week

This program is hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and a Zoom link. If you do not receive a link, please contact ndennies@aiabalt.com. If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

While few remember the slogan of the Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Company—“If you keep late hours for Society’s sake Bromo-Seltzer will cure that headache”—the iconic Bromo-Seltzer Tower has been a Baltimore landmark since its construction in 1911. At fifteen stories, the tower made the Bromo-Seltzer factory the tallest building in the city. The tower boasted a four-dial gravity clock that was the largest in the world (bigger, even, than London’s Big Ben) and was topped by a 51-foot revolving replica of the blue Bromo-Seltzer bottle, which was illuminated with 596 lights and could be seen 20 miles away. Due to structural concerns, the bottle was removed in 1936. The iconic design immediately secured the tower’s spot as a favorite of city residents and visitors alike. The tower was designed by Joseph Evans Sperry and built by Captain Isaac Emerson.

Also inside the Tower is the Emerson/Maryland Glass Museum which houses the largest collection of Bromo Seltzer and Maryland Glass bottles in existence. The Museum is on the 15th floor and is on loan from and curated by Ernest Dimler.

Since 2007 our studios have offered a creative space for a variety of artists, writers, photographers, architects, jewelers and more from all walks.

Their artistic skills gleaned from all over the world and some from our own cherished local prestigious arts institutions as well as self-taught. More than just a space to create, our artists enjoy interacting with guests to the tower, showcasing their work in their studios and in the common areas throughout the building.

Also inside the Tower is the Emerson/Maryland Glass Museum which houses the largest collection of Bromo Seltzer and Maryland Glass bottles in existence. The Museum is on the 15th floor and is on loan from and curated by Ernest Dimler.

Director: Annie Applegarth and Curator Ernie Dimler will be your hosts and guides

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support BAF and Baltimore Heritage. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this.