By Devin Bartolotta

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A major renovation is bringing Baltimore’s history and modern luxuries together, as veins of Rec Pier’s past run through the new, stunning features of the Sagamore Pendry Hotel.

Rec Pier has served many roles in its past – even in some movies and shows – but until 3 years ago, it had fallen into disrepair.

Rec Pier, once a major landing point for immigrants in the 1900s, is now welcoming Baltimore newcomers in a different way.

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, a stunning, boutique hotel took three years to transform.

“Where we’re standing right now was actually dirt,” said David Hoffman, general manager of Sagamore Pendry Hotel.

Hoffman showed WJZ the show-stopping amentities, including a top of the line chophouse looking out onto Fells Point, and a special place to serve the trademark Sagamore Rye.

“So this is the Cannon Room, which we call kind of our intimate whiskey bar,” said Hoffman.

An open courtyard leads the way to the harbor, supported by the original steel beams from 1914.

“The historical significance of this building, the original brick, the original windows, the original railings that you see here today was a major focus for us,” Hoffman said. “And something that we take great pride in.”

And Baltimore’s past is on full display in the present. There were three cannons found underwater under the pier during construction. They were pulled up, and now sit overlooking the harbor.

Though it does have brand new features, including an infinity pool with spectacular views of the water. Surrounded by couches and cabanas.

The ballroom was renovated to restore brilliant original moldings and floors.

“You can walk in here and shut your eyes and you can hear the music, you can hear the people coming in here and having a ball,” said Scott Plank.

The hotel’s 2017 style and luxury is fused with the framework of a Charm City icon.

The hotel, which helped create about 200 permanent jobs, started housing some guests on Monday. The restaurants and bars will open to the public on Saturday.

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Devin Bartolotta

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