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September 28, 2010

Congress Hotel sold for $2.35 million

The Congress, the centenarian west side hotel that housed the legendary Marble Bar, was sold at auction this afternoon for $2.35 million.

The buyer is the property's note holder, Congress Financial LLC, described by an attorney as a group of investors with roots in the area.

Congress Financial bought the note in February after a Baltimore developer that had bought the hotel in 2001 for $2.8 million defaulted on a loan. 


In its heyday, the hotel's Marble Bar hosted new wave bands like Thee Katatonix and R.E.M. 


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Posted by Erik Maza at 5:18 PM | | Comments (4)
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Marble Bar hosted new age bands like Katatonix and R.E.M.

Not to be a jerk but the band was/is called Thee Katatonix

New age bands? Even if you meant new wave, I wouldn't call R.E.M. new wave. Maybe mumble wave or Byrdcore

Labels, labels, labels.

Why even make it that complicated? REM is pretty much the definitive pop/rock band. Sometimes its that simple.

$2.35M seems like a pretty good auction price.

As I read the whole artlcle about the Congress and the Marble brought back memories of the people who said a nightclub "in the area"would never make it , the vision developed by Scott Cunningham (the first Manager of the Marble Bar),and continued by my husband(Roger Anderson) and myself proved to be one of the best things for the arts that happened downtown...I hope someone with continued vision and some courage can do something new that will give The Congress Hotel and the Marble Bar a resurgence LesLee Anderson, Marble Bar (til 1985)

Yeah, but Chop, I need a label or my brain can't understand it. Let's call it Prock. REM is the Harrison Ford of bands.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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