BNHA Fish Market Building

Interpretive Framework

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

Resource Type

Points of Interest

35 Market Pl

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Baltimore’s public markets comprise the oldest continuously operating public market system in the United States. The Centre Market served as the city's central wholesale district for the distribution of meat, fish, and produce.  The original structure was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1904 fire; it was rebuilt in grand style and consisted of multiple buildings and market sheds located along Harrison Street between East Baltimore and East Lombard Streets.  The old Fish Market Building is the only structure from the Centre Market complex that remains and today is home to the Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

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.