BNHA World Trade Center/Top of the World Observation Level


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

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Points of Interest

401 E Pratt St

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

The World Trade Center in Baltimore is owned by the State of Maryland and was completed in 1977.  The office building is a concrete symbol of the State’s commitment to the redevelopment of the Inner Harbor and is the only skyscraper on the waterfront. The building was designed by the internationally renowned architectural firm of I.M. Pei & Partners and is the tallest pentagonal building in the world. It is home to the Maryland Port Administration, which operates the Port of Baltimore.

The Top of the World Observation Level, located on the 27th floor, opened to the public in 1979.  At 387 feet above the harbor, the observation level gives the visitor a breathtaking 360-degree, unobstructed panoramic view of Charm City. Exhibits showcase the local landmarks that have created the dramatic skyline, famous firsts that made the city, and historic events that shaped the city and nation.