In 1908, The Medical & Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland purchased a plot of land at 1211 Cathedral Street in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. It was just a few blocks from the headquarters building that they’d purchased about 10 years earlier, expanded and then outgrown.
They engaged Ellicott and Emmart, well-known architects from Philadelphia, who had designed several other buildings in Baltimore, including the Roland Park Women’s Club and St. David’s Church. The building was similar in design to other medical libraries, such as the one in King’s County (Brooklyn).
The lot on Cathedral Street was not quite square – the road angles slightly and the building could not have a large set-back, but needed to follow the street. The angle is not noticeable from either the interior or exterior, but it’s clear when you see the architectural plans. There have been some small changes to the space, but it’s not been greatly altered since 1909.
The brickwork on the front of the building is not the usual Flemish bond, but it goes beyond that. On the ground level, there is a Diagonal Flemish Bond, which makes a diamond pattern. On the upper floors, the Monk’s Bond, an unusual pattern is used. It creates a very strong vertical line in the brickwork echoing the pillars and tall windows.. Above the front door, you can see the actual, legal and historic name of the organization… The Medical & Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland. Unfortunately, this entrance is no longer used. Chirurgical is the historic word for surgical and had its origins in Latin.
You can see additional images from the interior of the building here.