Baltimoreans are receiving a bonus from construction of the new Orioles stadium: the renovation of nearby Camden Station, an Italianate structure built between 1855 and 1867. For the first time in a century, that elegant building next to the B&O warehouse will boast a wedding cake-style clock tower and two end towers. Those spires were originally attached to the building but were later removed because they were unstable in winds.
"We've tried to make Camden a real showcase of our work," said Jerry Davis, president of a Havre de Grace firm that has been replicating the station's ornate woodwork. Even though that work -- and the contributions of countless other artisans -- is still incomplete, motorists sneaking a peek from Pratt Street get a good idea how startling and picturesque the end result will be.
With the Camden Station restored, several important railroad landmarks in Baltimore City are now maintained for future generations to admire. They include the Mount Clare roundhouse, which is part of the B&O Railroad Museum and a popular venue for fancy receptions; the Mount Royal Station (now part of the Maryland Institute complex), and the Pennsylvania Station, which was recently renovated and will soon get a new underground parking facility and grand plaza entrance.