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The Beethoven Apartments were erected in the nineteenth century as Baltimore's first streetfront terrace, or group of houses constructed to appear as a single structure. Frank Frick, founder of the Lyric Theater and developer of streetcar lines, and a builder who was enamored of the style of English town houses, built the row of ten five-storied brownstones in the so-called Second Empire style. Elegant mansard roofs extended on several sides, ornate windows and cornices along the streetfront exterior. Several had double cellars. The project was once dubbed "Frick's Folly" by City investors who believed its location, north of urban development, would keep the houses from being sold. With City Hall, they remain Baltimore's only Second Empire public buildings.