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Designed by the noted French architect, Maximilian Godefroy and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, our building is a landmark of historic significance in Baltimore.  Built in 1818, the sanctuary offers seating for 350 and is flanked by sparkling Tiffany windows on each side.  Above the alter is a Tiffany mosaic—a nod to the church’s Christian roots, it is a replication of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.  At the rear, in the balcony, sits our melodic Henry Niemann organ.

A large center aisle and two side aisles line four groups of pews.  Steps lead up to the altar, podium and pulpit. Along with the organ, the sanctuary features a grand piano, harpsichord and smaller organ.

Pratt_Hall

The Enoch Pratt Parish Hall was named for prominent church member and Baltimore philanthropist, Enoch Pratt. Pratt Hall and the adjoining religious education building house church offices, rooms for religious education classes and meetings and a hall for lectures, dinners and other events.  During summer months, Sunday services are held in this building, rather than the sanctuary.

The Enoch Pratt Parish Hall is a lovely location for receptions and parties.  A full kitchen—including stove, oven, heating drawers and dishwasher—is available for catering.  Secluded at the end of a hall—and with easy access to the sanctuary—is a bride’s dressing room.

Centrally located in luxurious and historic Mt. Vernon, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is convenient to some of the city’s most sought-after reception venues, including Chase Court, Clarion Hotel Peabody Court, The Engineer’s Club, The Peabody Library and The Walters Art Museum.

Street parking is often available on Charles, Franklin and St. Paul’s Streets, and a public parking garage directly across the street from the sanctuary offers additional spaces for larger parties.

Unitarian Universalists welcome people of all religious backgrounds, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.  We share common values, including the inherent worth and diginity of all people, and encourage one another to find our own spiritual paths.  To that end, we have no creed and no single form of worship.  We are happy to help you plan a ceremony or memorial service that reflects your personal beliefs, drawing on many different spiritual and inspirational sources.

Because we are first a church, no rental space is available on Sundays before 2:00 pm

Our building is historic, which means it was not built with accessibility in mind.  However, we have made a special effort to renovate our facilities so that they are accessible by as many people as possible.  Both the sanctuary and Pratt Hall are accessible to persons with impaired mobility, exceptfor the stage and balcony.  An elevator is available from street level to the sanctuary floor. An accessible bathroom is available, and the sanctuary is equipped with a sound system for the hard of hearing.  We can also help you find an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for your special event. If your guests do require special accommodations to attend, please provide information to the sexton about your requirements to us at least five business days in advance.

Sanctuary:

  • holds 350 people
  • 8 pews, center aisle, 2 side aisles
  • 2 organs and a grand piano
  • suitable for weddings, lectures, recitals, and concerts 
  • not air-conditioned

The Enoch Pratt Parish Hall

  • holds 95 seated and 120 for a stand-up reception
  • is suitable for receptions, dinners, parties, recitals, and meetings
  • has several smaller rooms for suitable for meetings of 10 – 15 people 
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Corner of Charles and Franklin Streets in Downtown Baltimore

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