Named after General John Eager Howard who fought in the Revolutionary War and was Governor of Maryland, the handsome John Eager Howard Room was originally called the “Tea Room” because of its afternoon tea held daily for Baltimore’s aristocracy. Baltimore native, Wallis Warfield (later the Duchess of Windsor) regularly attended tea here.

In 1981 the Restaurants & Institutions Interior Design Award was awarded for the restoration and preservation of the John Eager Howard Room. The walls feature murals of turn of the century Baltimore hand painted on Japanese rice paper from the 1930’s.

General Information

  • Located on the lobby level of the Belvedere
  • Features an original working gas fireplace and hardwood dance floor
  • Original oak stationary bar for beverage service
  • Silk gemstone-colored silks draped from the upholstered ceiling
  • Five original crystal chandeliers
  • Gold chiavari chairs accompany events in the ballroom


Download printable pdf of the John Eager Howard Room here.


Seated and Served Receptions with dance floor — 100 guests
Seated and Served Banquets (no dance floor) — 130 guests
Buffet and Stationed Receptions with dance floor — 88 guests
Buffet and Stationed Banquet (no dance floor) — 100 guests
Cocktail Reception — 230 guests
Theater or Ceremony — 110 guests
Hollow Square — 24 guests
U-Shape — 18 guests
Conference — 16 guests
Square Footage — 2,283′
Dance Floor Square Footage — 420′
Please note, all capacities are based on maximum usage of the ballroom and every event’s needs are unique. Please consult with your Event Specialist regarding your event.