Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland and the 24th largest city in the United States. Founded in 1729, Baltimore is the second largest seaport in the Mid–Atlantic United States and is situated closer to Midwestern markets than any other major seaport on the East Coast. Baltimore's Inner Harbor was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States and a major manufacturing center. After a decline in manufacturing, Baltimore shifted to a service‑oriented economy, with the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University serving as the city's top two employers.

The population of the city of Baltimore was 621,342 as of July 1, 2012. The Baltimore Metropolitan Area has grown steadily to approximately 2.7 million residents in 2010; the 20th largest in the country. Baltimore is also a principal city in the larger Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area of approximately 8.4 million residents. Washington, D.C. is located approximately 40 miles from Baltimore, where many D.C. workers live due to the lower cost of living.

The Equitable Building

Baltimore’s Equitable Building was designed by local architect Joseph Evans Sperry. The structure was completed in 1891, and is the oldest building in Monument Square. Built on the former site of Barnum’s Hotel, the Equitable was considered the city’s first skyscraper and contained offices, a billiard room, a barber shop and Turkish baths in the basement. The building is adjacent to Charm City’s two courthouses and the Battle Monument. Its exterior survived the Great Fire of 1904.

Located at 10 North Calvert Street, The Equitable Building is well situated in the heart of Baltimore's City Center adjacent to the Courthouse and Police Headquarters. Downtown Baltimore is the economic center of Greater Baltimore and home to the city’s fastest-growing neighborhoods. City Center encompasses Historic Charles Street, Charles Center, Market Place, and the Financial District. The CBD offers light rail transportation to Washington, DC and a more affordable rental market for those employed in the nation’s capital. Very importantly, the entrance to the area’s subway station is 50 feet from the door to The Equitable Building.

In addition to the many businesses and the growing number of apartments, City Center is home to an increasing number of restaurants, shops, and nightlife offerings. Although it’s still the region’s business center with approximately 100,000 employees, City Center has emerged as one of the most active development areas for new housing.

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