Velma Restaurant

Looking southwest at east facade and north elevation of restaurant and the corner entrance.

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Known Name(s)



Corner of Pennsylvania & Baker Street Baltimore, Maryland

Establishment Type(s)


Physical Status



Standing on the southwest corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Baker Street, the building has a canted corner entrance.  It is a 4-bay building of 3 stories and a 1rear 3-bay addition.  The 1st floor is clad in brick.

Detailed History

In the 1940 Baltimore C&P Telephone Directory, the business is called Vilna (not Velma which is a misspelling) Tavern at 2242 Pennsylvania Avenue at the Baker Street intersection, and according to an ad in the Afro-American Newspaper, it served seafood. Now the Calabar Grill.

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