Founded in 1800 and surviving the infamous 1904 fire, the historic Alexander Brown building still stands today.
In the late 1700s, Alexander Brown emigrated from Ireland to Baltimore with his brothers, his wife, Grace, and their four sons, where he invested his extensive textile knowledge into his first venture: The Irish Linen Warehouse. As Brown’s trade routes grew, his markets expanded from linen to cotton, flour, wheat, and tobacco, and Alexander Brown & Sons became America’s first investment bank. With the help of his sons, Brown’s business extended to Philadelphia, New York City, and even London. Centuries have passed, and Alexander Brown & Sons has since been purchased by a national bank, but the Brown family still owns the building today.
Most notably, Alexander Brown & Sons funded the Baltimore-Ohio Railroad, as well as Baltimore’s first public water system — proving to be instrumental in Baltimore’s booming formative years.
Today, the Alexander Brown building still maintains its historic and architectural legacy, and we feel that within this gorgeous building, as in life, it’s not about starting over, it’s about embracing what you already have. The Alexander Brown Restaurant brings this stunning space to the next generation, for a new era.
At The A.B., we look forward to providing our guests from near and far a historic setting for modern conversation, phenomenal food, and worldly design. Although banking will no longer take place within the historic walls, The A.B. will deal in the currency of conversation and community.
We began with a mission to create something that would cultivate community and conversation. Designed in the spirit of human engagement, Oxford Exchange is ultimately a gathering place housing a collection of ideas and experiences under a single roof. Just as the name suggests, we drew inspiration from the historic clubs, libraries and shops of London, whose charm and history seem to spark spontaneous social interaction.
Johns Hopkins was inspired by his close friend George Peabody to use his great wealth for the public good. The collaboration between these men and the institutions they created is the inspiration for our restaurant, located within Johns Hopkins’ All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL.
At The Peabody, the familiar aroma of coffee, the promise of a delicious meal, and the anticipation of friendly buzz will offer a reprieve from the daily chaos. It is where the community as a whole comes to refill their cup, both proverbially and, often, quite literally.
THE STOVALL HOUSE
Steeped in over 100 years of history, The Stovall House will be an intimate escape from everyday life, inviting members to use the estate as it best suits their lifestyle and needs.
We look forward to providing a private and comfortable environment, allowing each member to enjoy the simplest things in life, alongside world-class amenities. Each space will be designed around recharging, reflecting, connecting, and learning, with personalized service at every corner.