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Rebuilt Lexington Market would be latest transformation for 234-year-old landmark

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Rebuilt Lexington Market would be latest transformation for 234-year-old landmark

When Revolutionary War general John Eager Howard donated land for a market on the western outskirts of Baltimore in 1782, it was intended as a meeting point for residents of the young city and rural farmers.

Since then, what became known as Lexington Market has undergone repeated metamorphoses as its purpose shifted with a changing city. Once an open-air assemblage of stalls, most of its current structure was built after a 1949 fire destroyed its shed.

Plans city officials announced Friday to tear down the cavernous brick building and replace it with a brighter glass-and-metal facility represent the next phase of its life, said Bill Devine, whose family has owned and operated Faidley Seafood at the market for 128 years.

A gleaming new building could help bring back patrons who have abandoned the market — and the city — for the suburbs since the 1960s, the 85-year-old said.