Appeal of Portal Removal
Category: Appeal of Portal Removal
Title of the Portal: Gayety Theater
Location: 39.289640, -76.610080
City: Baltimore, Maryland
Country: United States
Screenshot of the Rejection Email: N/A – appeal of portal removal
Photos to support your claim: See below.
The portal that was removed is The Gayety Theater. Note that this portal is the historic theater building, not the business currently located within the building. Krug just clarified in the AMA released today that buildings/murals/features that are portal worthy on their own should be evaluated on their own merit and not as the business located on the property.
This historic theater building still exists. It’s significance is evidenced through:
· Listing in the Library of Congress - https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/md1570/
· Listing on the Baltimore Heritage website - https://explore.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/223
· Entry in the Historic American Buildings Survey - https://www.nps.gov/hdp/exhibits/baltimore/B2L07.pdf
The portal that was removed was previously approved through OPR and meets several of the criteria provided by Niantic for good portal submissions:
· A location with a cool story, a place in history (Oldest remaining burlesque theater in Baltimore; famous performers including Abbott and Costello, Jackie Gleason, and Gypsy Rose Lee performed there)
· Cool piece of unique architecture (“Designed by preeminent theatre designers J.B. McElfatrick & Sons of New York, the Gayety uses Baroque and Art Nouveau ornament in a whimsical way to advertise the entertainment within.” – Historic American Buildings Survey)
It does not meet any of the criteria for reporting an invalid portal in Ingress Prime and should be restored.
· It has safe pedestrian access – the sidewalk in that location is in excess of 8’ wide. The portal can be reached from the sidewalk without entering the building.
· It does not obstruct or interfere with emergency services - there are no emergency service buildings located on that block.
· It is not private residential property – there is no residential property on that block.
· It is not a school – the nearest school or daycare is at least ¼ mile away.
· It has not been permanently removed. The historic building has existed in this location since 1905 and still exists (see photo and links provided).
· It is not a duplicate of another portal.