The Marble Bar, the Basement That Hosted Both Henry Fonda and Iggy Pop, Turns Another Page
by Brennen Jensen (Baltimore City Paper 12/6/2000)
For the better part of a decade, the boarded-up Congress Hotel has loomed over the 300 block of West Franklin street like a shabby ghost. It’s the seven-story equivalent of Miss Havisham’s moldy wedding cake, a heap of decorative curlicues and flourishes mired in neglect and lorded over by rats. A long-shuttered nightspot lies in the basement of this 97-year-old hostelry, eight granite steps beneath Franklin Street. Descend those steps, pass through a rusty metal door, and you’re in a dim, cavernous room punctuated by 10 stout columns.
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