August 27, 2015 at 3:55 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
City renames intersection to honor Hippo owner
Club Hippo, gay news, Washington Blade

The intersection of Eager Street and Charles Street will be called ‘Chuck Bowers Way.’ (Photo courtesy Club Hippo)

Referring to Chuck Bowers, the owner of the Club Hippo, as “a major catalyst for the LGBT community,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake along with Council member Eric Costello announced that the name of the intersection of Eager Street and Charles Street where the club is located will be called “Chuck Bowers Way.” They handed Bowers a replica of the street sign at a private party held at the Hippo on Aug. 22 in front of 260 invited guests.

The Hippo is scheduled to close later this year after 42 years as a focal point of LGBT social life in Baltimore. The building will be converted to a CVS drugstore, prompting Rawlings-Blake to quip, “I suppose I’ll have to celebrate my birthdays and play bingo in aisle three.”

The party preceded the sold-out “Last Dance Disco Party” later that evening, which is one of a series of events leading up to the club’s closing.

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