- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 12, 2002

Don't let the Walters Art Museum be your only stop in Baltimore's Mount Vernon Cultural District. This historical neighborhood has its own Web site, www.mvcd.org, and its slogan is "One neighborhood, 100 things to do." Here are a few of them:
The Basilica of the Assumption: Cathedral and Mulberry streets. Designed by U.S. Capitol architect Benjamin Latrobe, this is the mother church of Roman Catholicism in the United States and considered one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 410/727-3565 or www.baltimorebasilica.org
The Contemporary Museum: 100 W. Centre St. The Walters' modern counterpart, "presenting new art in revolutionary ways." Call for hours, rates and events. 410/783-5720 or www.contemporary.org
The Enoch Pratt Free Library: 400 Cathedral St. This was the first library ever to allow visitors to browse freely among the books, rather than ask assistance from a librarian. Winter hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Friday. 410/396-5430 or www.pratt.lib.md.us
The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center: 847 North Howard St. An arts and education center that celebrates the legacy of Baltimore's jazz greats, such as Eubie Blake, Billie Holliday, Cab Calloway and others. Call for hours, rates and events. 410/225-3130 or www.eubie.org
The First Unitarian Church: Charles and Franklin Streets. Built in 1817 and on the National Register of Historic Places, this church has a glass mosaic of the Last Supper and stained glass windows from in the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Service 11 a.m. Sunday, with short historical tour following on most Sunday. 410/685-2330 or www.toad.net
The Maryland Historical Society: 201 W. Monument St. A museum and library of cultural history that preserves the state's cultural heritage. See the original manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner." 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. first Thursday of each month; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. 410/685-3750 or www.mdhs.org
Laura Boswell

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