1 West Mount Vernon Place

1 West Mount Vernon Place, the Walters Art Museum’s 19th-century mansion, is now open after a multi-year transformation.

Situated in the heart of Mount Vernon, 1 West offers visitors exciting new ways to experience the Walters’ renowned collection in one of Baltimore’s most distinctive buildings.

Admission to 1 West Mount Vernon Place and the Walters Art Museum is free. Visitors can access 1 West directly via a new upper Charles Street entrance, and through the Centre Street and main Charles Street entrances.

An Architectural Masterpiece

The Walters approached 1 West Mount Vernon Place as a work of art in its own right, creating a new experience of the building and art inside. The project showcases the building’s striking interior features, such as the grand spiral staircase, Tiffany stained-glass skylight, and Baccarat-style chandeliers.

The $10.4 million project was supported by the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the France-Merrick Foundation, Leo and Anna Belle Sirota, Baltimore County, Martha Ann Peters, and other generous donors, and received a Best of Maryland award from Preservation Maryland.

Download the 1 West Mount Vernon Place App

To enhance your experience of 1 West, the Walters created a free, digital app that provides information on the house, the people associated with it, and the objects on display on the first floor.

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Forget your phone? Checkout devices are available at the Security Desk on the Lower Level of 1 West Mount Vernon Place.

The Walters collection in new ways

On the first floor, the installation explores the building’s history, the people associated with it, and its connections with Baltimore. Nineteenth-century paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts are featured, as well as new works commissioned by the Walters from ceramicist Roberto Lugo.

On the second floor, refreshed galleries create new spaces for temporary installations. The inaugural installation celebrates the Walters’ collection of ceramics from around the world—from the oldest object in the collection to the most recent—and explores an array of ceramic materials and techniques.

The conservatory features contemporary chandeliers and a large glass case of red and celadon ceramics that provide a dynamic setting that is matched by spectacular views of Charles Street.

On the first floor, the installation explores the building’s history, the people associated with it, and its connections with Baltimore. Nineteenth-century paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts are featured, as well as new works commissioned by the Walters from ceramicist Roberto Lugo.

The stunning front hall displays some of the building’s most striking interior features, such as the grand spiral staircase leading to Tiffany stained-glass skylight.

Library

Restored plaster walls and carved wooden bookcases surround a table for browsing the museum’s digitized manuscripts. From the windows, gaze out at grand views of Mount Vernon Square.

Dining Room

1 West’s history reveals compelling untold stories, including that of enslaved resident Sybby Grant. Contemporary ceramic artist Roberto Lugo created works for 1 West inspired by Sybby Grant. A letter that she wrote to her master is displayed alongside works by Lugo in the dining room.

On the second floor, refreshed galleries create new spaces for temporary installations. The inaugural installation celebrates the Walters’ collection of ceramics from around the world—from the oldest object in the collection to the most recent. Juxtaposing objects from different places and times, the installation explores an array of ceramic materials and techniques, and, as a result, commonalities crossing cultures and spanning millennia emerge.

Herb Massie Installation

This community art project, led by local ceramicist and educator Herb Massie and art program Jubilee Arts, incorporates over 200 plates made by members of the Baltimore community. This work pays homage to Sybby Grant.

EVENTS

1 West Mount Vernon Place Summer Events

Experience 1 West through a variety of programs and events over the summer.

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