VUE | Holiday 2020

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By Rosy Alvarez HOTEL REVUE THE IVY HOTEL In 1889, John Gilman, a prosperous banker and industrialist commissioned a mansion to be constructed in the prominent neighborhood of Mt. Vernon. Selecting famed architect Charles Carson for the job, Gilman requested that Carson build him a home that reflects wealth, power, and taste. Set on a leafy street with neighboring brick and stone residences ubiquitous of the era, Gilman passed away before seeing the completion of the home. For almost a century, the home was occupied by similar successful businessmen and their families. By the 1980s, Mayor William Schaefer used the home to host visiting dignitaries. Today, the mansion, a member of Relais & Chateaux, was combined with neighboring row homes to house eight light-filled suites, ten bedrooms, and a spa tower. It boasts sumptuous period details like 23 individual fireplaces, carved wood wainscoting, green marble sourced from local quarries, stained glass throughout, and stained glass skylights. The Ivy Hotel is a luxury mansion-turned hotel located in the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Its ivy-draped walls and towering turrets are an indication of the gilded age opulence and modern amenities that await its guests. V U E N J . C O M 146

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