Baltimore architecture merits praise

A news story and a Dan Rodricks' column about the marvels of Baltimore buildings in one day — my cup runneth over ("New colors for old church" and "Let your eyes wander to see city shine," Sept. 12)! I'm not from the city, but the magnificence of local architecture is astounding and too frequently overlooked by city residents. Years ago I used to give tours of City Hall, and today I'm helping folks explore the beauty of The Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse as a docent at The Museum of Baltimore Legal History.

The care and detail that went into structures of the past sends a message, and we need to rekindle the aesthetic. Today's architecture is glacial and grim, no matter how "cutting edge" it appears. Also, modern interiors are drab, monochrome and lack pleasing flourishes.

Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church is a treasure! We are lucky funds were available to renovate the interior. I'm glad Mr. Rodricks is urging us to "let your eyes wander." In Baltimore, there are visual adventures everywhere. We have so much to be thankful for!

Rosalind Heid, Baltimore

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