Anthem House Adding New Key Highway Mural Honoring Edgar Allen Poe, Francis Scott Key, and Billie Holiday

| June 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Anthem House, the $100-million redevelopment of a former GE site at 900 E. Fort Ave. in Locust Point, is adding a new mural along the building’s wall facing Key Hwy. The mural is being painted by Annapolis-based artist Jeff Huntington.

Mural rendering courtesy of Jeff Huntington

The mural pays homage to notable Baltimoreans Edgar Allen Poe, Francis Scott Key, and Billie Holiday.

“They are painted in black and white while colorful Maryland and American flags provide contrasting background imagery,” the team at Anthem House told SouthBMore.com. “There are hexagons throughout this mural which are each made up of four pentagrams. These add movement and modernity to the piece, as well as provide a subtle nod to the nearby Fort McHenry, which is also in the shape of a pentagram.”

Anthem House also has an interior mural of Holiday in the lobby. It features a portrait of the musician with areas of color and areas of black and white, along with hibiscus flowers superimposed throughout.

“I am honored to have been chosen to work on this project and to have been entrusted to assemble a team of amazing artists,” said Huntington in a statement provided to SouthBMore.com. “Public art has the potential to unite communities and create a sense of pride in one’s environment, and it’s a privilege to have a hand in that kind of value, to leave my own mark on future history now.”

Anthem House, which is nearing completion, will include 292 apartments, 449 parking spaces, and 20,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail. The leasing office opened in May and some tenants have already moved into the building. The Bar Method has announced a 3,000 sq. ft. fitness studio at Anthem House and Amber has announced a 2,000 sq. ft. restaurant. Both are projected to open in the Fall.

The project is a partnership between Bozzuto, War Horse, and Solstice Partners.

Mural rendering courtesy of Jeff Huntington

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