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Inner Harbor Timline from 1993 - 2000

1993 The Imagine Ocean exhibit opens at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Center Dock Marina opens with 124 slips. American Visionary Art Museum breaks ground on Key Highway. The City Crescent office building at Baltimore and Howard Streets opens.

1994 Festival Hall is demolished to make way for the $151 million Convention Center expansion. Canadian Football League (CFL) is brought to Baltimore to play at Memorial Stadium. Martha Schwartz Inc. of Boston and the Design Collective of Baltimore are selected as winners of the West Shore/Rash Field Design Competition, representing $7.5 million in public improvements for the Inner Harbor shoreline. World Trade Center is lighted with exterior spotlights as part of the Baltimore Gas & Electric program to "Brighten Baltimore." Babe Ruth Museum announces its plan to expand into Camden Station. Baltimore Harbor Endowment begins selling personalized bricks to finish a 7.5-mile promenade rimming the Inner Harbor from Waterfront Park in Canton to the Museum of Industry in South Baltimore. Oriole Park at Camden Yards receives the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award.

1995 American Visionary Art Museum opens, championing the best in self-taught, intuitive art - the first of its kind in the country.

1996 National Museum of Dentistry opens on University of Maryland at Baltimore campus.

1997 Hard Rock Cafe opens in the Power Plant in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The Baltimore Convention Center expansion is completed, tripling its size to 1.2 million total square feet - with 300,000 square feet of exhibit halls, a 36,600-square-foot ballroom and 85,000 square feet of meeting room space. Newly redesigned Holocaust Memorial is dedicated.

1998 PSINet Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, opens. ESPN Zone - the world's first - opens in the Power Plant. Marriott Waterfront Hotel breaks ground. Port Discovery, the Children's Museum in Baltimore, opens. The Hippodrome Theatre renovation project begins, ultimately gaining $27 million in state funding and $5 million in private funding. The project encompasses three historic landmark buildings - the Western National Bank, the Eutaw Savings Bank and the original Hippodrome Theatre - and a newly constructed building at the corner of Baltimore and Eutaw Streets.

1999 National Historic Seaport opens, modernizing the 300-year-old port and celebrating Baltimore's rich maritime heritage with a new tourist attraction.

2000 Courtyard by Marriott opens in Inner Harbor East. National Katyn Memorial, a monument to the 15,000 Polish Army officers and civilian professionals who died at the hands of the Soviets in 1940, is dedicated at Inner Harbor East Circle at President and Aliceanna Streets.

Dining at Inner Harbor
Dining at Inner Harbor



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