Peale's Baltimore Museum

225 N. Holliday St., Baltimore, Maryland

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Description 

Quite possibly the first "purpose-built" museum building in the United States, the Peale Museum is associated with two prominent members of the Peale artistic dynasty: Rembrandt (who commissioned it in 1813) and Rubens (who managed the museum until it was forced to relocate 1829). Rembrandt Peale founded the gas company in Baltimore and his museum building was the first structure in the city to have gas lighting. The structure has served a variety of important civic functions including housing Baltimore's City Hall (1830-78); Baltimore's Colored School No. 1 (1878-89); and the municipal museum (1931-96). -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS MD-398)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000915
Area of significance
Art
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic function
Museum
Current function
Museum
Period of significance
1800-1824
Significant year
1814

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