If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I’m not just obsessed with Baltimore, I am obsessed with Old Baltimore. Soon, I will write an entry about the book, “The York Road”, by under-appreciated Baltimore author, Lizette Woodworth Reese. I am currently reading that book and it documents life in Waverly and Govans in the early 1900′s.
She describes a Baltimore that is quite frankly, pastoral. Her descriptions make me venture around trying to place and envision the locations she writes about. Of course, this means that I get lost in looking at other buildings. While doing this today, I drove up Old York Rd. and made a left on 42nd Street and came across this old, columned structure that I’ve seen before a million times while driving up the NEW York Rd. I always wanted to get out and take a closer look…well today was the day.!
I walked up to the arched, iron gate and looked up the creepy stairs and saw that above the boarded up door on the transom the following words were painted, Moran Funeral Home. Damn, that’s perfect! It is a perfect haunted house!
I tried to walk around it a bit but it’s on a hill and when I found the rear steps, I saw the obligatory, no trespassing signs. Also, the motion light on the house behind it came on so I hightailed it out of there. By the way, that house is pretty weird, too-maybe a blog for another time. Here’s a shot of the ruined columns on the side of the funeral home. And here is a classic shot of a classic wrought iron fence.It also has the prerequisite, stone wall with a ball.
What I find even more fascinating is that I can’t find any mention of this funeral home on the internet. No old photos, no newspaper references, no, “It’s closing” notices. It’s a mystery. And even though it’s all boarded up, the way the back of the building looked, it seems that someone could possibly be living in there. It’s creepy.
So I think I will email Jacques Kelly at the Baltimore Sun to see if he knows anything about this place. He seems to not only know things about old Baltimore buildings, he seems to have a story about them. I’m wondering if he had an aunt that was laid out there or something. That would be weird and fantastic!
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