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One Charles Center, Center for Architecture & Design

Construction Date:1962
Architect:Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
More Historical Info via Baltimore Heritage


The Center for Architecture and Design opened in 2020 on the plaza level of the historic One Charles Center, which was built in 1962. At a time when downtown Baltimore was suffering from a lack of investment, the One Charles Center was built to foment an era of redevelopment. It was completed in 13 months at a cost of $10,350,000. The One Charles Center is a 23-story aluminum and glass skyscraper, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the International Style. It was part of the first wave of modernism to arrive in Baltimore. The base is a concrete-faced podium with a T-shaped office building on top of it. The One Charles Center has been central to Baltimore’s ongoing urban renewal, and the Center for Architecture and Design, which is 3,600 square feet, was designed by Quinn Evans to provide a collaborative administrative and program space for allied professional industry, advocacy, and education organizations.

  • Accessibility: Fully accessible
  • Parking: Street
  • Photos: Permitted


Make the Center for Architecture & Design your first stop. Serving as the DOB Info Hub for this year, grab a map and collect this year’s buttons and be on your way!