Mount Vernon’s Artful Bed and Breakfast Retreat

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.


Madison House’s nine comfortably-furnished bedrooms, each with private bath are available for stays of two or more days. Or the entire mansion can be reserved for your exclusive enjoyment. Families, businesses, organizations, wedding parties and others will find beauty, warmth, comfort, meeting space and safety here.


Shared amenities comprise a comprehensive kitchen, television room, laundry room, spacious parlors, a large courtyard and ample private parking.
Madison House’s decor is brimming with artistry, yet the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly — a serene, nondenominational-interfaith oasis just blocks from downtown Baltimore


Fine Egyptian Bed Linen
Separate AC/Heating in each Bedroom
Down Comforters
Scrumptious Breakfast
High-Speed Wireless Internet
Large Screen Cable TV in Television Room
Daily Washington Post and New York Times
Library/Diverse Volumes
Separate Ventilated Cigar/Cigarette/Herb Room
Large Outdoor Garden Area
Free parking on premises


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.


Paul Scott Rhodes, M.D. - designer / proprietor