Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

Baltimore’s Peabody Institute was commissioned by philanthropist George Peabody and designed by London-born architect Edmund George Lind. Construction was completed in 1878.

Now part of Johns Hopkins University, the Peabody Institute is the second-oldest continuously operating musical conservatory in the US. The massive building, located in the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood and across the street from the Washington Monument, exhibits Greek Revival and Italianate influences.

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

The brass door handles look like they might have been pilfered from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

The interior is rather opulent and features moulding, yellow and pale green walls and many chandeliers:

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

Why would you take the elevator when there’s a majestic spiral staircase with a gorgeous banister?

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

Don’t forget to look up:

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

And also down:

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

The highlight of the Institute is the Peabody Library, containing over 300,000 volumes across many subjects [I was surprised to discover that this is not a music library]. It’s a masterpiece of cast iron and ornate detail and is open to the public, per George Peabody’s intention:

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

You can’t help but to want to get lost in these stacks:

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

Alas, access is limited to the library staff:

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

The bottom level features tons of ornamental detail, such as these lovely columns with sconces:

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

Even the heater grill is lovely:

Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

The Peabody Institute is one of Baltimore’s architectural gems and, for an even more impressive look, check out the virtual tour.

8 thoughts on “Peabody Institute by Edmund George Lind

  1. It’s really an incredible building. My friends’ kids take violin lessons here, so I got to spend an entire Saturday rooting around this building, admiring the architecture and hearing music emanating from every classroom.

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