BNHA City (Recreation) Pier


Endangered Maryland

Interpretive Framework

Shaping a Monumental City: The City’s Growth in the 20th Century

Star Attractions

Historic Fell’s Point Trail

Resource Type

Points of Interest

1713 Thames St

Baltimore, Maryland 21231

City Pier, also called Recreation Pier, was home to maritime services which assisted ships at the beginning of the 20th century, with the lower section used for loading and unloading cargo. The ground level was used by tugboat companies until 2010. The name Recreation Pier is appropriate because the large building at the head of the pier was built in 1914 as a recreation center for the area. It contains a ballroom built for the enjoyment of residents. The roof of the freight shed was a playground for neighborhood children and a playing field for city schoolchildren. In more recent years, the building was the set for the TV drama Homicide: Life on the Streets. Current plans call for Recreation Pier to be renovated into a hotel.

Site summary courtesy of the Preservation Society of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point