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Beyond Station North along Charles Street is the residential community of Charles Village, with block after block of distinctive early 20th century rowhomes. Charles Village represents the break with downtown: the rowhomes here are less “urban” and feature porches and small front lawns. With a number of colleges nearby, including the highly regarded Johns Hopkins University, Charles Village has a lively and diverse collegetown atmosphere with cafes, bookstores, and shopping. Also present is the Baltimore Museum of Art with its 90,000 works of 19th-century and contemporary art—including the largest number of works by Henri Matisse in the world.

Things to See in Charles Village

  • Painted Ladies — You will find the “painted ladies” along St. Paul and Calvert streets and Abell Avenue.  A contest sponsored by the Charles Village Civic Association spurred the neighborhood’s residents to paint the porches, cornices and trim in elaborate patterns of fantastic colors. The idea started in San Francisco almost 20 years ago and has spread across the country.
  • Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Drive) — Founded in 1914, the Baltimore is Maryland’s largest art museum. The original portion of the city-owned museum is an impressive neoclassic building designed by architect John Russell Pope. The highlight of the museum is the Cone Collection. In the early 20th century, two Baltimore sisters, Claribel and Etta Cone, assembled one of the most important art collections in the world. Today visitors can see works by Matisse, Cezanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, Renoir, and Picasso, as well as artwork from Oceania, Africa, and the Americas and contemporary pieces.
  • Johns Hopkins University (3200 N. Charles Street) — Johns Hopkins University is one of America’s preeminent educational institutions. It was founded by Johns Hopkins (1795-1873), a Quaker and son of Samuel Hopkins, a prosperous tobacco farmer in Anne Arundel County. Johns became the leading financier in the city and the largest stockholder of the B&O Railroad during his lifetime. He established both the university and the hospital that were named after him. Several highlights on campus include the Homewood House Museum (a National Historic Landmark), Gilman Hall, and the Lacrosse Hall of Fame Museum.
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