Tour: Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company Building

Construction Tour: The Future Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

On Thursday, May 8, The Baltimore Architecture Foundation invites you to explore the transformation of the Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company Building building into a “modern Globe Theater.” The doors of 200 East Redwood Street will swing open at 6 p.m., inviting us to inspect the impressive work in progress.

Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company Building / http://www.ce.jhu.edu

Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company Building / http://www.ce.jhu.edu

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company bought the historic Baltimore brownstone last year, envisioning its new home in the bank building designed by Wyatt and Sperry in 1886.  The theater company asked Baltimore architecture firm Cho Benn Holback + Associates to create a playhouse that would combine the intimacy of a traditional Elizabethan theater with contemporary design and function. During the hour-and-a-half tour, Cho Benn Holback + Associates and Southway Builders will provide a glimpse into their project and the design-thinking behind it.

From the street, the ruddy Romanesque-revival building features carved stone, arched windows, and other original features. Though the 20,000 square foot building sports a new stage and multi-level seating, the restored historic details steal the spotlight. Corinthian columns are easy to imagine setting the stage for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the soaring multi-colored coffered ceilings are certainly on par with the grandeur of the Hippodrome. Tickets are $5 at the door or through Eventbrite below.