Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower

C. 1920

15-story, 88 m clock tower erected in 1907–1911 at 21 South Eutaw Street, at the northeast corner of Eutaw and West Lombard Streets in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

- Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower

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Isaac Edward Emerson

Wealthy American businessman, socialite, and seaman.

Plaque of Emerson
Photograph of his daughter, Margaret, in the Library of Congress.

In 1911, Emerson built the Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower, on the northeast corner of West Lombard and South Eutaw Streets, in the southwest downtown area, a well-known landmark in Baltimore, Maryland for 116 years.

Joseph Evans Sperry

American architect, noted for designing buildings in Baltimore.

Chitwood Hall, West Virginia University campus, Morgantown, WV

Sperry's most famous building is probably the Emerson "Bromo-Seltzer" Tower in Baltimore.


Brand of antacid formulated to relieve pain occurring together with heartburn, upset stomach, or acid indigestion.

Bromo-Seltzer newspaper ad (1908)
Emerson Drug Company's Bromo-Seltzer Tower headquarters in Baltimore
A horse-drawn Bromo-Seltzer wagon

The factory's most notable feature was the Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower, built in 1911, whose four clock faces are ringed by letters spelling out the product name.

John Steadman

American sportswriter for The Baltimore Sun.

Sports photographers at a game at Croke Park, Ireland

In 1973, the John F. Steadman firehouse, at the base of Baltimore's Bromo-Seltzer Tower was named for sportswriter John Steadman's father, John F. Steadman, a Baltimore City Fire Department Deputy Chief.

Henry Adams (mechanical engineer)

American mechanical engineer.

His engineering design is also found in several Baltimore buildings: the Bromo Seltzer Tower, Maryland Institute and the Baltimore Museum of Art, Belvedere Hotel, and the first renovation of the Baltimore Courthouse.

Eutaw Street

Major street in Baltimore, Maryland, mostly within the downtown area.

Eutaw Place park median
Eutaw Place circa 1907
Eutaw Place Temple
Eutaw Place and Laurens Street
Brownstone on Eutaw Place at Dolphin Street
Marlborough Apartment Building
Grand Lodge, 1205 Eutaw Place
Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson Museum
City Temple of Baltimore
Francis Scott Key Monument
Hippodrome Theatre on Eutaw Street
Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower on Eutaw Street

Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower

Lombard Street (Baltimore)

Major street in Baltimore.

Lombard Street near Light Street

Bromo Seltzer Tower

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Building

Historic office building located at Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

Entrance to building at 39 West Lexington Street (southeast corner with North Liberty Street)

Standing at 88 m it was tied with the Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower from 1916 to 1923 as the tallest building in Baltimore.

One Calvert Plaza

Historic 16-story, 76 m skyscraper in Baltimore, Maryland.

One Calvert Plaza viewed from The Bank of America Building

When it was built in 1901, it was then the tallest building in Baltimore, and it kept that title until being surpassed by the iconic Bromo-Seltzer Tower of the Emerson Drug Company on the northeast corner of West Lombard and South Eutaw Streets on the downtown west side.

Bromo Arts District

Bromo Arts District is one of four designated arts district in Baltimore, MD and is centered around the Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower, which houses artist studios.