BNHA Cross Street Market

Interpretive Framework

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

Star Attractions

Charles Street Byway

Resource Type

Points of Interest

1065 S Charles St

Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Located in Baltimore's historic Federal Hill neighborhood, the original Cross Street Market was constructed in 1873. It consisted of a two story, rectangular brick market house at Charles and Cross Streets, with long, rectangular sheds extending one block east to Light Street. The original building was Italianate in style, with the market located on the first floor, and a public meeting hall on the second. The market burned in 1951 and was rebuilt on the same site.  

Since the original market building first opened, people have buzzed around buying fresh fruit, flowers, and meats. Generations of people bought food for their families here, stopped to chat with friends, and traded goods. Today the market boasts a wide variety of shops that continue to offer produce and flowers, meats, and prepared foods. 

Baltimore’s public markets comprise the oldest continuously operating public market system in the United States. For more information on the city’s public market system, read a short article and check out the heritage area’s virtual tour of seven of the market structures.