SPACE INVADERS: Exclusive Access Tour
Saturday, Oct 17th at 2:00 p.m.
U.S. Custom House :: The Call Room
403 E. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Cost: 50$ per person or $75 per couple
20 people only
Join The Foundation for a special fund-raising tour of two impossible-to-get-into spaces. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see two extraordinary spaces never open to the public. One space took coordination with the Federal Government and the other took an agreement that we won’t ask again for another ten years.
On Saturday, October 17th at 2:00pm we will meet at the U.S. Custom House and tour the Call Room with David Stambaugh, manager of the Baltimore Maritime Exchange. He first encountered the Call Room in 1967 when he went to register for the draft. In the years that followed, the Call Room became central to his professional role in helping the U.S. Customs Service log each ship’s manifest as it came into the Baltimore Harbor. He will share the history of the Call Room and how his life is intertwined with such a majestic space.
We will then walk over to the Bromo Seltzer Tower and take a tour of the clock room. We will get to see the inner-workings of the clock and the workshop. Bill McAllen, co-author and photographer of Spirit of Place/Baltimore’s Favorite Space, will briefly discuss his August 2006 visit to the Tower with Rowland Fontz, the gentleman who fixed the clocks for nearly three decades. Bill’s retelling of Mr. Fontz’s final and nostalgic trip is touching and entertaining.
The tour will end with wine and cheese on the Tower’s mezzanine and a book signing of Spirit of Place by authors Sarah Achenbach and Bill McAllen, winners of the City Paper’s 2009 “Best Book About Baltimore” award.
Due to the nature of these spaces you will need to bring photo ID and sign a waiver. This is a fundraising tour for The Foundation and the cost is $50 per person or $75 a couple. Space will be limited to 20 people. Meet at the U.S. Custom House Call Room at 403 E. Baltimore Street, Baltimore.