Residence: 1860s – 1890s
Charles Morton Stewart (Brazilian coffee importer) and his wife, Josephine Lurman, purchased the building as their winter residence, raising 14 children between the mansion and their summer home in Greenspring Valley, Maryland.
Residence: 1890s – 1920s
Retail: 1930s – 1970s
William (Billy) Paley, Jr., the son of William S. Paley who grew CBS from a small radio network into one of the foremost radio and television network operations in the nation, led a group of investors to purchase and repurpose the mansion into a new restaurant that they called The Brass Elephant after such namesakes. More on Paley here.
Restaurant: 1980s – 2009
Thank goodness Randy Stahl and Jack Elsby bought the building at auction, established and grew The Brass Elephant restaurant into one of Baltimore’s premier dining establishments for almost three decades.
Restaurant: 2015 – 2016
Linda and Steven Rivelis purchased the mansion at 924 N. Charles Street in January, 2015. Once the building was stabilized, new HVAC, electric, plumbing, and all new kitchen equipment was injected. They approached lighting, furnishing and layout with a streamlined design for guests’ easier absorption of the historic building’s unique decorative features.
Read more here:
• A look at the old Brass Elephant as it gets a modern makeover
• Elephant Dreams
• Elephant Chef and GM dish to the Baltimore Business Journal
• Digging into design
The Elephant opens! Together – General Manager, Mallory Staley; Executive Chef, Andy Thomas; and Co-Proprietors, Linda Brown Rivelis and Steven Rivelis and The Elephant team are grateful to those who lived, slept, relaxed, played, worked, served and dined within these walls. We are humbled to carry forward their stewardship of loving care with this promise to …
and in turn –
ourselves and all others who come in contact with The Elephant.”
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