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“Sunburst” Shines on Main Street

As you travel down Main Street be sure and check out the freshly painted sunburst over the entrance of the NBOAHS building (229 N. Main).  Thanks to the painting talent of Jim “Picasso” Kuhlman this special architectural feature has a new look.

Sunbursts were popular architectural symbols during the Victorian Era of the late 1800’s and were used as a symbol of prosperity.  Some architectural historians also think the full sunburst was used to represent the British Empire—“the sun never sets on the British Empire.”  The half sunburst/setting sun represents the decline of power and influence of the British Empire.

There are at least three other houses in North Baltimore that still have original sunburst architecture features.  Do you know their locations?

 

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