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Inner Harbor Timline from 1972 - 1979

1972 Construction is completed for the USS Constellation's new dock at Pier 1

1973 The USS Torsk submarine, which sank the last Japanese warship in World War II, is brought to Pier 4 The public wharf is completed along the harbor's west shoreline, including a new bulkhead, brick promenade, park benches and an information kiosk. The 40-story United States Fidelity and Guaranty Corporation (USF&G) opens its new headquarters at the corner of Light and Pratt Streets. The first new building in Inner Harbor Project 1 opens - Christ Lutheran Church's John L. Deaton Medical Nursing Center.

1974 The Christ Lutheran Church Harbor Apartments open with 288 units of housing for the low-income elderly. The Baltimore Patriot begins harbor tour service at the USS Constellation dock.

1975 The IBM Corporation completes its new office building on Pratt Street, overlooking the Inner Harbor. Paddleboat rentals begin along the north shoreline, quickly becoming one of the harbor's most popular recreational activities. Homesteading begins in the Old Otterbein section of Inner Harbor West. A 625-car parking garage opens at the corner of Pratt and Gay Streets.

1976 The $2.2 million Joseph H. Rash Memorial Sports Park opens to the public on the south shoreline. The facility is to be the site of many citywide public events and athletic contests. The Maryland Academy of Sciences opens the Maryland Science Center at the southwest corner of the Inner Harbor. The facility includes 104,000 square feet of display space, featuring hands-on exhibits and the 150-seat Davis Planetarium. Tall ships from around the world visit the Inner Harbor for America's bicentennial celebration, giving thousands of residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and recreational opportunities of the redevelopment for the first time. The Harbor Campus of the Community College of Baltimore opens. A new federal courthouse and office building opens in Inner Harbor West.

1977 The Maryland Port Administration's 28-story World Trade Center opens. Designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, the world's tallest equilateral pentagonal building features the 27th floor Top of the World public observation deck and exhibit center. A headquarters office building for the C&P Telephone Company is completed at Pratt and Light Streets. The Pride of Baltimore, a replica of a 19th-century Baltimore Clipper, is launched.

1978 Urban renewal plans for the Financial District and Municipal Centers are approved. The Inner Harbor Marina, featuring 158 ships, is completed.

1979 The $50 million Baltimore Convention Center, with 115,000 square feet of exhibition space and 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, opens two blocks from the Inner Harbor.

Top of the World Observation Deck
Top of the World Observation Deck



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