The Grand Baltimore! 225 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
225 North Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
DIRECTIONS TO THE GRAND
From Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI): Exit onto I-95, continue to Exit 4 Baltimore. Follow the I-395 Exit heading downtown, and stay in the lane for the Inner Harbor. Bear right toward onto Conway Street. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Charles Street. At the 7th traffic light, turn right onto Saratoga Street, and travel one block to St. Paul Place. Turn right. The Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor and Grand Historic Venue is on the corner of Saratoga and St. Paul Place. End at 225 Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21202, US.
From the North on I-83: Begin west on Baltimore Beltway (I-695) toward Towson. Take Exit 23 heading south on Jones Falls Expressway (I-83). Take the St. Paul Street Exit, one way, heading south. Bear right onto MD-2 South ramp. Bear right at St. Paul Street. Continue on St. Paul Place. Turn right at East Lexington Street. Turn right at North Charles Street. End at 225 Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21202, US.
From the North or South on I-95: From Washington or the Fort McHenry Tunnel, take the I-395 exit, heading downtown, and stay in the lane for the Inner Harbor. Bear right toward the Inner Harbor onto Conway Street. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Charles Street. At the 7th traffic light, turn right onto Saratoga Street, and go one block to St. Paul Place. Turn right. The Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor and Grand Historic Venue is on the corner of Saratoga and St. Paul Place. End at 225 Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21202, US.
- Valet parking for a special event may be available at the front entrance of The Grand at 225 North Charles Street. Please inquire in advance with your host or meeting planner about the availability and pricing of this service.
- Valet parking is available at the front entrance of the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor and The Grand at 222 St. Paul Place. The maximum daily valet parking rate is $24 for vehicles that depart within the same day. If you are attending an event at The Grand, there is a connector from the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor to The Grand, available via the 5th floor of the hotel.
- Self parking is available in a city-owned garage adjacent to the hotel, located at 210 St. Paul Place. This automated 13-story garage is managed by PMS Parking in cooperation with the Baltimore Parking Authority. The parking rate will be only $5 for a 24 hour stay over New Year's Eve! Exit the parking garage from the west side elevator. To reach The Grand (main event ticket holders) take the elevator to the 2nd floor and proceed straight through the glass doors and make a right on Charles St. If you are going to the Embassy Suites (VIP ticket holders and hotel guests) Take the elevator to the ground level turn left to the hotel entrance.
A GRAND HISTORY
One of the most historic buildings in Baltimore; built in 1866, The Grand was first known as the Tremont Grand, and served as the headquarters for the Maryland Freemason for 130 years. In the late 1990’s the building underwent a massive restoration project before finally reopening in 2005. Completely restored to its original grandeur, The Grand is one of the most iconic event venues in Baltimore.
INSPIRED ARCHITECTURE AND STYLE
The Freemasons dedicated their first Grand Lodge in 1822, which was located on St. Paul Street and Lexington Avenue. Today, The Grand pays homage to the buildings’ history as one of its ballrooms is called the St. Paul Ballroom. During the Civil War the Grand Lodge was used as a Federal Courthouse and was later acquired as a permanent extension of the courthouse. Needing a new building for their lodge, the Freemasons began construction on what would become their new headquarters in 1866.
Built by the Freemasons and inspired by French and Italian architecture, the original building was 90,000 square feet and included 10 meeting rooms. The building was lauded for its style and opulence and featured ornate moldings, a marble staircase, stained glass windows, and Rocco chandeliers.
A series of fires in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s caused significant damage to the Grand Lodge, but each time the Freemasons would rebuild. In 1908, a serious fire destroyed the third and fourth floors of the lodge, leaving the first and second floors damaged by smoke and water. This time the renovation would be significant and in 1909 a totally restored Grand Lodge opened, this time with a fifth floor added.
During the great migration to the suburbs in the mid-to-late nineteenth century, the Freemasons also started to purchase large parcels of land away from the city of Baltimore. In 1993, they began construction on a new Grand Lodge outside of the city and sold the original building in 1998.
A highly trained team of architects, designers, craftsmen, and restoration specialists were assembled to restore the original interiors and replicate whatever could not be repaired. Every detail was meticulously taken care of. Not a single detail was missed and every single hallway, lobby, corridor, and room was returned to its original grandeur. 140 years after it was originally built, The Grand is now an icon in Baltimore offering an unparalleled venue for upscale events.