Though this is the seventh property that Michael Fuerstman has opened, he admits there is something extra special about being in Baltimore.
“Last night I was having cocktails at Waterfront and I was watching people peer through the glass and look at the hotel across the street,” says Fuerstman, co-founder of Pendry Hotels. “You can feel the buzz in the air.”
As the $60 million Sagamore Pendry Hotel gets ready to debut to the public, there is a lot for local residents to ponder. A building that was abandoned for two decades is now home to a gleaming, four-star hotel, thanks to Fuerstman’s Pendry group and Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Development Co.
“Much of our job has been getting out of the way to let this amazing building speak for itself,” Fuerstman says. Here are some of our favorite details that do just that.
Though it was out of use for decades, the Recreation Pier of course served many functions throughout history. Most notably, it was a landing point for thousands of new immigrants who arrived in American for the first time at Locust Point.
“The fact that this was an immigrant processing station is pretty incredible,” Fuerstman says. “We’re honored to know that this is where people became American citizens.”
In fact, history will speak through nearly every surface of the hotel, from the original 1914 floors in the ballroom to the laser-cut lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the wall of the entrance.
The construction team—quite literally—stumbled upon some buried treasure.
“One of my favorite stories is while we were rebuilding the pier, the team kept hitting some immovable objects, three different times,” Fuerstman says. “Turns out, these were cannons that date back to the 1700s. Europeans would come here and need to make room on their ships for more goods and dumped them overboard. We found three of them, which leads me to wonder just how many more cannons are out here There's potentially a whole graveyard of cannons.”
Guests can see the cannons for themselves, as two of them stand sentinel by the pool entrance and the other is enclosed in glass on the floor of the hotel’s whiskey bar.