The Baltimore Sun
By Reginald Fields
July 23, 2003
Customized cover marks entry to inferno
Cast-iron commemoration above train tunnel recalls raging fire of 2 years ago
The new cover was designed by mayor’s office Webmaster Frank Perrelli, who also designed and manages the city’s Web site. The tunnel’s openings are on Howard Street near Camden Yards to the south and the Mount Royal area to the north.
The 500-pound cover is a mosaic of images at either end of the tunnel, Perrelli said. It depicts a train heading into a tunnel, a ladder extending from a manhole, various buildings and the baseball field in the background, and two firefighters in the forefront.
It took about three weeks for Perrelli to come up with the design at the request of the mayor’s office. Casting Technology Inc. of Hagerstown used the design to make the cover.
The city purchased two of the covers for about $1,200 each, Perrelli said. The second cover will be displayed at the Public Works Museum at the Inner Harbor so that the public can view the design without standing in the center of one of downtown’s busiest rush-hour intersections. A plaque will be located on a Howard Street sidewalk near the manhole.