Bromo Seltzer Tower’s Birthday – Part 1

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Do you know the Bromo Seltzer Tower in Baltimore? It is quite an icon especially when the tower is lit up at night in Bromo Seltzer blue. If you haven’t been to Baltimore, you may have spotted the tower during Baltimore Orioles games on television.

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower invitation

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower invitation

On Thursday, my husband and I spent a fun night exploring the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in honor of the building’s 100th birthday. Some time ago, you may remember that I created a quilt block in honor of the tower. It was incorporated into a commemorative quilt and the finished quilt was unveiled as part of the celebration.

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Today’s post will be highlighting the fabulous building, and especially it’s clock tower. I took so many photos! Tomorrow I will highlight some of the fabulous art in the building and of course, the quilt!

Bromo Seltzer packets. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer packets. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer? It was a general cure all for pain relief, heartburn, upset stomach, acid indigestion, hangover, and more. The inventor was Isaac E. Emerson’s Emerson Drug Company in Baltimore. The building actually had a large Bromo Seltzer bottle on the top in the early years.

Bromo Seltzer Tower Elevator. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Elevator. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

The elevator was something out of The King’s Speech. With lots of people attending the event, we opted to walk the 15 flights to the clock tower while perusing the various art studios on each floor. I was surprised by how relatively small the building is. I would say each floor is about the size of one level of our house.

Bromo Seltzer Tower Elevator. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Elevator. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Elevator Control Panel. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Elevator Control Panel. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

When we reached the clock tower, I saw the building engineer was working on the elevator’s control panel and was kind of glad we opted to walk!

Bromo Seltzer Tower Stairs. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Stairs. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Getting to the tower involved climbing a set of stairs similar to this. These are actually the steps to the top part of the building. Fortunately that was closed off because I am not sure I could have done that scary climb.

Claudine Intner with the Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Scott Intner. © 2011

Claudine Intner with the Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Scott Intner. © 2011

Here I am! We made it to the 15th floor. I wish I could say that these photos capture how amazing the space really is, but it doesn’t! You really need to make the journey yourself to appreciate the clock.

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Wall in the Clock Tower. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Wall in the Clock Tower. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

Bromo Seltzer Tower Clock. Photo by Claudine Intner. © 2011

An installation artist was in the process of setting up a new work utilizing the clock faces. I look forward to going back and seeing what she has done with the clock.

Stay tuned! Tomorrow’s post will focus on the commemorative quilt and studios. In the meantime, you can see visit the Baltimore Sun’s article on the event which also includes a video.