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Inside the dramatic George Peabody Library in Baltimore

The 1878 building is characterized by a soaring atrium

Selected as one of Curbed’s 19 most beautiful libraries in the U.S., the George Peabody Library located on the campus of John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, is often called a “cathedral of books.”

Formerly known as the Library of the Peabody Institute, the opulent building, which was completed in 1878 and designed by designed by local architect Edmund G. Lind, is distinguished by a dramatic neo-Greco interior atrium and five tiers of cast-iron balconies that soar up to a latticed skylight 61 feet above the floor.

The library incorporates Baroque, Rococo, and Greco-Roman architectural elements including classical columns embellished with gold leaf. And housed within the glorious space are more than 300,000 volumes dating from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Join us on a video tour.