Dominating the Baltimore city skyline, the tower has been a historic Baltimore landmark since 1911. The Bromo Seltzer Tower has been transformed into studio spaces for visual and literary artists. The open studio tours, organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, are the only opportunities for the public to go inside.
Held the first Saturday of each month, the January 9 tour featured about 20 professional artists. Two hundred eleven people toured the building during the 1-5pm opening.
For about $450 a month, each artist rents a small room with 24-hour access. The immaculate view of the city seems to inspire many of the artists, and offers affordable access to all the benefits of having a professional working space downtown. The 11th floor recently became a new performance space called Studio 11.
Much of the building remains under-utilized. At the opening event, many of the spaces were still vacant, and some of the artists displaying their works were just visiting for the day and did not even have a studio there. Many artists said they have just moved into their new studio space, such as photographer Janet Little, who had just moved in a couple days before the event . Studio rooms are still available and it is easy to apply for a space online.
Captain Isaac Emerson, inventor of the Bromo Seltzer headache remedy, built the tower in 1911. There used to be a giant pill bottle at the top of the tower, but was removed a few years ago.
Upcoming open studio tours:
- February 6
- March 6
- April 3
- May 1
- June 5
All are held 1pm-5pm. 21 S. Eutaw Street. Baltimore, MD 21201