George Peabody was one of Baltimore’s first commerce leaders, and as such made a fortune. To give back to the community he funded the Peabody Institute in 1857.
In the 1860s the institute built the impressive library. Today it stands as one of America’s most amazing buildings. The photo below is a panorama of the library.
The library is 6 levels high, with all 6 levels full of stacks. Unfortunately the upper levels were off limits.
Still used today by Johns Hopkins students, a steady flow of tourists came in and took photos as we did.
The railings are amazing.
There are numerous alcoves to study in.
The lighting adds to the overall atmosphere.
Not to mention the classic old Dewey Decimal System card file. A visit to the George Peabody Library is a must for any architecture, history or book fan.