David Zurawik

Find a little Hollywood in Baltimore

If Baltimore is indeed becoming Hollywood east — and who are we to argue the point? — then here's your handy map to the movie stars' homes. Only in this case, it's a map to where movie stars have roamed — sites captured forever on film and TV, going back to the 1970s. We begin our journey with a pair of television series, both set in Washington, but filmed right here in Charm City and its environs. And we've also pinpointed a couple of spots from films that are classic Hollywood.

'House of Cards'

The Netflix series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright has filmed at a variety of locations in its first two seasons in Maryland, including:


Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. During Season 1, Frank Underwood (Spacey) meets Washington Herald reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) in a BMA gallery and then later on the front steps in a moment reminiscent of "All The President's Men."

Baltimore Metro Subway Charles Street stop, 100 W. Baltimore St., Downtown. The Baltimore Metro stands in for the Washington Metro in Season 2, Episode 1. Sorry, D.C., it breaks our hearts to have to even stand in for your fabulous subway system.


The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. The building serves in Seasons 1 and 2 as the newsroom of the Washington Herald where Lucas Goodwin (Sebastian Arcelus) works as national politics editor when he isn't sleeping with former Herald reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara). Producers created a soundstage at The Sun two years ago to house the fictional D.C. paper.

Baltimore War Memorial Building, 101 N Gay St., Baltimore. In Season 1, it housed an inaugural ball for the new president. It was the first big scene of the series.

Bolton Hill, near the intersection of Park Avenue and McMechen Street. Exterior scenes on the street in front of the home of Frank and Claire Underwood are again shot here in Season 2.

Camp Puh'Tok, 17433 Big Falls Road, Monkton. Camp Puh'Tok in Monkton stands in for Camp David in Season 2. Yes, that Camp David — the one in Maryland. Why not? This is closer to the soundstages in Joppa.

East Preston Street, Baltimore. The apartment of Zoe Barnes is above a strip of shops on East Preston where it intersects with Charles Street. The shops below include Jerome Liquors and Nino's II Subs and Pizza at 2 and 4 E. Preston, respectively.

The Engineers Club, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore: This Mount Vernon site housed the secretary of state's office and provided the lobby of a Pennsylvania hotel in Season 1.

Gilman Hall and Milton S. Eisenhower Library, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore. (On the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University.) The Season 1 episode that featured Underwood's return to his alma mater, The Sentinel, a fictional military college in South Carolina, was filmed here. Underwood dedicates a new library, the Francis J. Underwood Library, after a night spent drinking with former classmates and breaking into the school's old library (played by Gilman Hall).

Greenmount Avenue, Waverly. Frank returns in Season 2 to his favorite rib joint, an unmarked doorway next to the sign for "June Liquors & Package Goods" at 2607 Greenmount Ave.


Joppa, Harford County. This is where the main soundstages for "House of Cards" are built. The site gets a shoutout in episode 1 of Season 2, when an aide to Underwood says he's hiding a woman with knowledge of a crime in Joppa. "Where's that?" Underwood asks. "In Maryland about 30 minutes north of Baltimore… We want her to disappear."

Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. Ladew stands in for China in Season 2. Yes, that China — the one in Asia. Why not?

Maryland State House, 100 State Circle, Annapolis. The site served as U.S. Senate for a big scene featuring Underwood presiding over a dramatic parliamentary maneuver in Season 2. "House of Cards" filmed at the State House for two.

Patapsco Valley State Park, 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. Served as the site for Civil War re-enactment visited by Vice President Underwood (Spacey) in Season 2. The scene is featured in a trailer for the second season.

The Peabody Conservatory, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore. The gated Centre Street entrance was dressed as the front of a Georgetown hotel for one of the biggest scenes of Season 1: a fundraiser that was disrupted by protesters.



The HBO series has filmed its first three seasons in Maryland. Here's a look at some places that have served as locations for the show.

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. BWI stood in for Helsinki's airport in that same episode. "We shot the international side of BWI for the Helsinki airport, which believe it or not, is a pretty close match architecturally," said S. Scott Clackum, location manager for the series.

The Belvedere, 1 E. Chase St.: Although mistaken on Twitter for the cast and crew of "Mad Men," "Veep" filmed a "police breakfast" for the first season at the historic Belvedere hotel.

Bond Street Social, 901 S Bond St., Baltimore. This Fells Point bar served as the backdrop for a photo-op in Season 2 involving Selina, her divorced husband and her daughter. The goal was to make Selina look a little more family friendly.

Books-A-Million, 6151 Columbia Crossing Circle, Columbia. In Season 3, Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) does a book-signing here.

Columbia. The soundstages for "Veep" are housed in an industrial park in Columbia.


DLA Piper, 6225 Smith Ave., Mount Washington. The offices of this law firm were dressed to look like those of the Senate Hart Office Building in D.C. for the pilot episode.

The Engineers Club, 11 W. Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore. "Veep" filmed most of an entire episode set in Helsinki, Finland, at the Engineers Club, according to S. Scott Clackum, location manager for the series. Production designer Jim Gloster won an Art Directors Guild Award for the Season 2 episode in part because he made the Engineers Club stand in for Helsinki so successfully. "We didn't shoot anything in Helsinki," Clackum said. "We had a little second unit shoot some snowy streets, but it was otherwise done here.

Grand Historic Venue, 225 N. Charles St, Baltimore: Though it was the Tremont Grand when "Veep" shot here, the site became the interior of the U.S. Capitol in Season 1.

Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Cockeysville. Serves as a hotel stop on the campaign trail providing both war rooms for strategy sessions and overnight accommodations for the campaign team.

Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. Selina arrives for a jobs conference being held at the hotel in Season 3. The scenes were filmed in a lobby area currently under renovation. Ballroom scenes were also filmed here.

Morgan State University, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore. Serves as the site of a campaign debate in Season 3.


Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., Baltimore. Season 1 found "Veep" filming an entire episode here featuring Selina at an "Eat Healthy" conference that included a cameo by former Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer.

The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., Baltimore. Death-metal band Magrudergrind plays at the Ottobar, a stand-in for D.C.'s Black Cat nightclub, in Season 1.

Physical Sciences Complex, University of Maryland, College Park, 3300 Metzerott Road, College Park. The complex stood in for an Apple-like Silicon Valley campus in Season 3.

Stevenson University, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson. The college serves as the site of another campaign debate in the third season.

Film, TV classics

Maryland's big and small screen history by no means began (or, we trust, ends) with "House of Cards" and "Veep." Here are some locations from other films or projects.


Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. In 1979's "The Seduction of Joe Tynan," when the title character, a U.S. Senator played by Alan Alda, is put up for a presidential nomination at the Democratic convention, it's held here. Look for former city Comptroller Hyman Pressman as the crowd is shown roaring its approval.

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Linthicum. Director Jodie Foster shot scenes for her 1995 film "Home for the Holidays" at one of BWI's arrival gates. In addition, the house that played the Larson family home is on Southern Avenue in Lauraville.

The Battle Monument, Calvert Street between Fayette and Lexington streets, Baltimore. In 2007's "Live Free or Die Hard," when Bruce Willis and Justin Long's characters are stuck in D.C. traffic, they're actually driving in Baltimore, with this memorial to the soldiers who defended the city during the War of 1812 clearly visible in the background. Drivers familiar with the vagaries of city traffic may notice that cars are heading the wrong way on what are normally one-way streets.

The Block, the 400 block of E. Baltimore Street. Baltimore's naughtiest commercial district was the setting for native son Steve Yeager's 1990 "On the Block."

Broadway Pier, 1701 Thames St., Baltimore. From 1993-2000, this long-shuttered recreational pier on the Fells Point waterfront served as the police station in NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street." There's a plaque on the building's west side commemorating its role in the series.

Empty lot alongside 892 Tyson St., Baltimore. Here, in 1972, one of the most memorable scenes in film history was shot – Divine eating doggie doo-doo at the end of John Waters' "Pink Flamingos." Perfect place for a pilgrimage.


Hollywood Diner, 400 E. Saratoga St., Baltimore. This classic greasy spoon, transported here from New Jersey, was the setting for local boy Barry Levinson's 1982 directorial debut, "Diner." For the shoot, it sat on a lot in Canton.

Milford Mill Swim Club, 3900 Milford Mill Rd., Randallstown. This former quarry, a favored warm-weather hangout for more than 60 years, can be seen in both John Waters' 1990 "Cry Baby" and Barry Levinson's 1999 "Liberty Heights." It was sold at auction last year; the new owner has announced plans to build a mosque on the site.

Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, Baltimore. Baltimore's art-deco showplace was witness to an unfortunate streetcar accident in Barry Levinson's 1990 "Avalon." It was also where the film's young characters watched a Saturday-morning matinee of "King of the Rocket Men." (For a near-exhaustive look at films made in Baltimore and the surrounding area, check out the commemorative sidewalk blocks alongside York Road in front of the theater.)

Spotlighters' Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore. This tiny theater got to play the night club where Kevin Bacon's character does his act in 2009's "My One and Only," which starred Renee Zellweger as a single mom with Hollywood dreams. The film was almost entirely shot in the Baltimore area, at locations that also included the Belvedere hotel, the city's Oliver neighborhood and Upperco in northern Baltimore County.

Video Americain, 400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore. When Kathleen Turner, the star of John Waters' 1994 "Serial Mom," proposes capital punishment as the penalty for not re-winding a VHS rental, it's within the confines of Baltimore's best video rental store (and now sole remaining, although its closure is imminent).