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.
The brass door handles look like they might have been pilfered from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:
The interior is rather opulent and features moulding, yellow and pale green walls and many chandeliers:
Why would you take the elevator when there’s a majestic spiral staircase with a gorgeous banister?
Don’t forget to look up:
And also down:
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:
You can’t help but to want to get lost in these stacks:
Alas, access is limited to the library staff:
The bottom level features tons of ornamental detail, such as these lovely columns with sconces:
Even the heater grill is lovely: