This grand 1850’s mansion was a private home for the business elite until the early 20th century, when it became the site of the first orthopedic clinic in America, under the direction of famed Johns Hopkins surgeon William Steven Baer. Clientele included Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Katherine Hepburn, Errol Flynn and countless other dignitaries. It was eventually renovated and run by innkeeper Rev. Bettye Laufman as the Inn and Feast on East for a decade, before being sold to internal medicine specialist and hotelier Paul Scott Rhodes in 2016.
Dr. Rhodes has faithfully restored the free-standing, Federal-style structure to its original grandeur — appointing it with period chandeliers, vintage William Morris wall coverings, Persian carpets, fine antiques and countless oil paintings, sculptures and other objets d’art befitting the building’s location in the heart of Mount Vernon’s arts and culture district. African ritual objects, etchings, lithographs and an extensive Judaica collection include many signed works from Marc Chagall’s Bible Series.
Steps away from the Washington Monument and the cafés and restaurants of North Charles Street including one of our favorites The Elephant Restaurant, Nearby are The Walters Art Museum, Maryland Historical Society, Peabody Conservatory, The Baltimore Aquarium and Center Stage and it’s an easy walk or ride to Inner Harbor and Harbor East.