Power Plant Live!
Power Plant Live! is a collection of bars, clubs, and other businesses in the
Inner Harborsection of downtown Baltimore, Maryland. It was developed by the Cordish Companyand opened in phases during 2001, 2002, and 2003. The $30 million project includes loft offices on the upper floors. The attraction provides a new nightlife and entertainment district for downtown Baltimore and is located along Market Place at the site of the failed 1980s Brokerage retail complex, adjacent to the Port Discovery children's museum (in the old Baltimore Fishmarket). Power Plant Live! includes restaurants, bars, comedy clubs, dance clubs, dueling pianos, and other concepts.
The entertainment complex gets its name from the nearby "Power Plant" building, which was also developed by Cordish. The Power Plant is a mixed-use project developed in the late 1990s in a historic
power station, originally built in 1900 by the United Railways and Electric Companyto power its electric street railway in the city.cite book|last=King|first=Thomson|authorlink= |title=Consolidated of Baltimore 1816-1950: A History of Consolidated Gas Electric Light and Power Company of Baltimore|publisher=Consolidated Gas Electric Light and Power Co.|date=1950|location=Baltimore|pages=144, 229, 288|url= |doi= |id= |isbn =] The generating plant was purchased by the Consolidated Gas Electric Light and Power Company, a predecessor company of Constellation Energy, for $4 million. The plant, with obsolescent equipment, was used sparingly until it was returned to service to meet the World War IIproduction demand for electricity.
After the electric plant was retired from service, the building was vacant for a time. The building had been the site of many failed development endeavors, most notably an indoor
Six Flagstheme park (1985-1989) and a short-lived dance club called P.T. Flagg's (1989-1990).
The Power Plant now contains the first
ESPN Zonein the country (opened July 11, 1998), a Hard Rock Cafe(opened July 4, 1997), a multi-story Barnes & Noble, a Gold's Gym, and loft offices. Maryland Art Place, a contemporary art gallery for Maryland artists, is located in the Northwest corner. The popular concert venue Rams Head Live!is also located in the area.
It is considered one of the top tourist attractions on the Inner Harbor.
The area is served by the
Baltimore Metro Subway's Shot Tower/Market Place station.
* [http://www.powerplantlive.com/ Power Plant Live! website]
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