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Recreation Pier had many lives
Recreation Pier had many lives

Nearly 25 years ago, I attended a friend's 50th birthday party in the interior hall of the 1914 Recreation Pier on Thames Street in Fells Point. This fabulous chamber was created as a civic assembly space in the year Baltimore celebrated the centennial of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Now it is to be the centerpiece of a new hotel to be retrofitted within the site. There was a groundbreaking this week, with city officials joining Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, who assumed the considerable task of making this grand landmark into a 128-room hotel. In 1914, The Baltimore Sun described the pier's second floor as a "dance hall" where "socials...