Harbor East: As recently as a decade ago, if you asked a Baltimore native directions to Harbor East, you were likely to get a puzzled "where?" in response. "Nobody came here," recalled Tony Foreman, a native son who, along with his wife, chef Cindy Wolf, has been a big driver in the neighborhood's development. "It was all industrial warehouses, parking lots and biker bars." Tracy Wise, who tends bar at the trendy tapas lounge Pazo, remembers it this way: "Seven years ago, you needed either a machete or a machine gun to walk around here."No more. The neighborhood's evolution, fueled by the opening of a 753-room Marriott Waterfront Hotel, restaurants like Foreman and Wolfs Charleston, smart boutiques and even a Whole Foods, is firmly established. Add in a Four Seasons (opening in 2011) and a new Legg Mason office tower, part of a $550 million mixed-use development project, and it's clear why Harbor East is Baltimore's fastest-growing neighborhood.The Hotel Fauchre's restoration was five years in the making. Named for its original owner, Louis Fauchre, a Swissborn master chef at New York's famous Delmonico's Restaurant, the place dates back to 1852, when it was called the French Hotel. Fauchre vacationed in Milford, and eventually decided to live there full time, drawing a crowd of glitterati to his new enterprise. The likes of Sarah Bernhardt, President Teddy Roosevelt and Charlie Chaplin all made the trek, and early film pioneer D.W. Griffith shot several epics in the area with silent screen star Lillian Gish.
Disappearing Acts Beth D'Addono Jewish Exponent; Jun 16, 2010; 228, 12; Docstoc pg. 34 Reproduced with permission of
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