Photography by Ira Gardner | Baltimore Bromo Seltzer Tower

Inside the Bromo-Seltzer clock tower, March 2014

 

For three days I had walked around downtown Baltimore and kept track of my lunch break by looking up at the 15 story Bromo-Seltzer clock tower.  On a Saturday I happened to be there right at 5pm and noticed that there had been an artist reception inside the base of the building.  I went to the door just as the host was about to lock it.  We chatted for a moment and I found out that the building had been converted into 15 floors of artist studios and a gallery.  The docent saw my old twin lens reflex Mamiya camera and said, "If you like old cameras I have something to show you that I think you will like to photograph!"  She took me into the elevator and we headed straight to the top floor and then climbed a latter to the inside of the clock!  I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to experience this and make these photographs.

 

Emerson Tower often referenced as Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower is a 15-story, 88 m skyscraper erected in 1911 at the corner of Eutaw and Lombard Streets in Baltimore, Maryland, designed by Joseph Evans ...Wikipedia