Find a little Hollywood in Baltimore

A guide to locations for big-time TV series, films

February 14, 2014|By David Zurawik and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun

Featured in SceneIf Baltimore is indeed becoming Hollywood east — and who are we to argue the point? — then here's your handy map to the movie stars' homes. Only in this case, it's a map to where movie stars have roamed — sites captured forever on film and TV, going back to the 1970s. We begin our journey with a pair of television series, both set in Washington, but filmed right here in Charm City and its environs. And we've also pinpointed a couple of spots from films that are classic Hollywood.

'House of Cards'

The Netflix series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright has filmed at a variety of locations in its first two seasons in Maryland, including:

Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore. During Season 1, Frank Underwood (Spacey) meets Washington Herald reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) in a BMA gallery and then later on the front steps in a moment reminiscent of "All The President's Men."

Baltimore Metro Subway Charles Street stop, 100 W. Baltimore St., Downtown. The Baltimore Metro stands in for the Washington Metro in Season 2, Episode 1. Sorry, D.C., it breaks our hearts to have to even stand in for your fabulous subway system.

The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. The building serves in Seasons 1 and 2 as the newsroom of the Washington Herald where Lucas Goodwin (Sebastian Arcelus) works as national politics editor when he isn't sleeping with former Herald reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara). Producers created a soundstage at The Sun two years ago to house the fictional D.C. paper.

Baltimore War Memorial Building, 101 N Gay St., Baltimore. In Season 1, it housed an inaugural ball for the new president. It was the first big scene of the series.

Bolton Hill, near the intersection of Park Avenue and McMechen Street. Exterior scenes on the street in front of the home of Frank and Claire Underwood are again shot here in Season 2.

Camp Puh'Tok, 17433 Big Falls Road, Monkton. Camp Puh'Tok in Monkton stands in for Camp David in Season 2. Yes, that Camp David — the one in Maryland. Why not? This is closer to the soundstages in Joppa.

East Preston Street, Baltimore. The apartment of Zoe Barnes is above a strip of shops on East Preston where it intersects with Charles Street. The shops below include Jerome Liquors and Nino's II Subs and Pizza at 2 and 4 E. Preston, respectively.

The Engineers Club, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore: This Mount Vernon site housed the secretary of state's office and provided the lobby of a Pennsylvania hotel in Season 1.

Gilman Hall and Milton S. Eisenhower Library, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore. (On the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University.) The Season 1 episode that featured Underwood's return to his alma mater, The Sentinel, a fictional military college in South Carolina, was filmed here. Underwood dedicates a new library, the Francis J. Underwood Library, after a night spent drinking with former classmates and breaking into the school's old library (played by Gilman Hall).

Greenmount Avenue, Waverly. Frank returns in Season 2 to his favorite rib joint, an unmarked doorway next to the sign for "June Liquors & Package Goods" at 2607 Greenmount Ave.

Joppa, Harford County. This is where the main soundstages for "House of Cards" are built. The site gets a shoutout in episode 1 of Season 2, when an aide to Underwood says he's hiding a woman with knowledge of a crime in Joppa. "Where's that?" Underwood asks. "In Maryland about 30 minutes north of Baltimore… We want her to disappear."

Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. Ladew stands in for China in Season 2. Yes, that China — the one in Asia. Why not?

Maryland State House, 100 State Circle, Annapolis. The site served as U.S. Senate for a big scene featuring Underwood presiding over a dramatic parliamentary maneuver in Season 2. "House of Cards" filmed at the State House for two.

Patapsco Valley State Park, 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. Served as the site for Civil War re-enactment visited by Vice President Underwood (Spacey) in Season 2. The scene is featured in a trailer for the second season.

The Peabody Conservatory, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore. The gated Centre Street entrance was dressed as the front of a Georgetown hotel for one of the biggest scenes of Season 1: a fundraiser that was disrupted by protesters.


The HBO series has filmed its first three seasons in Maryland. Here's a look at some places that have served as locations for the show.

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. BWI stood in for Helsinki's airport in that same episode. "We shot the international side of BWI for the Helsinki airport, which believe it or not, is a pretty close match architecturally," said S. Scott Clackum, location manager for the series.

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