Congress Hotel

Opened in 1903 as the Hotel Kernan (pictured), this glorious six-story French Renaissance Revival-style building may be the most historic entertainment venue in the city. Charlie Chaplin and Fred Astaire are said to have performed here; Henry Fonda and Margaret Sullavan got married here. Its fabled basement club, The Marble Bar, served as the epicenter of Baltimore's punk and new wave music scene in the 1970s and '80s, welcoming acts from Muddy Waters and Papa John Creach to The Ramones and R.E.M.
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