Chapter ends near city Book Festival

September 28, 1997

Three blocks from the Baltimore Book Festival II, the city's literary set had little to cheer about yesterday.

A demolition contractor hired by the city chose yesterday to begin tearing down the historic Peabody Book Shop and Beer Stube at 913 N. Charles St., a former speakeasy and gathering place patronized by such writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald and H. L. Mencken.

"Can you believe the irony of the timing?" said P. Raab Christ-hilf, a local preservationist.

The Peabody building, vacant for a decade, was declared unsafe by city housing inspectors this summer.

Pub Date: 9/28/97

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