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It’s July in Baltimore and it’s hot. That’s not new. What is new are two upcoming heritage tours visiting a 100 year old family business and exploring parts of Downtown many of us never knew about. Please join us!

On Thursday July 25, we’re going behind the scenes at Rheb’s Candies to see how they produce their delectable sweets at this 101 year-old business that is still going strong in the Rheb family. The production facility is in the family’s former garage next to their house-turned-shop and here we’ll get an intimate tour of perhaps the sweetest place in Baltimore. 

Did you know that the Continental Congress met in downtown Baltimore? Or that German agents plotted sabotage on Charles Street during World War I? If you didn’t (and even if you did!) join tour guide Jefferson Gray on Sunday July 28 for a walking tour of The Downtown You Never Knew to learn about Baltimore’s hidden history in plain sight.

We are still rolling through our Sunday morning Monumental City walking tours. The next tours are of Jonestown and the Shot Tower on July 14 and Mt. Vernon Place and the Washington Monument on July 21. Come out and bring a friend!

Finally, looking ahead to the fall, we are pleased to be continuing our partnership with the Garrett Jacobs Mansion in a series of Sunday afternoon lectures. We just opened up registration for the first talk on September 15 with historian Charlie Duff on his new book “The North Atlantic Cities” exploring rowhouses around the world. We hope to see you there!

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Earlier this week the Maryland Board of Public Works approved a multi-million dollar contract clearing the way for the state Division of Corrections to move forward with the demolition of a large part of the Baltimore City Correctional Complex located just east of the Jones Falls Expressway. For now, the scope of demolition does not include the historic Warden’s House, the per-Civil War “castle” on Madison Street.

Thanks to an agreement between the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Maryland Historical Trust, the state will wait to make a final decision on the Warden’s House and a small portion of the west wing of the former Maryland Penitentiary along Eager Street. The plan does preserve the Penitentiary’s iconic central tower which has never been considered for demolition.

Exhibit illustrating the scope of demolition in the Baltimore City Correctional Complex. Buildings to be retained under the current agreement are marked in blue and buildings to be demolished are marked in red.

The Board of Public Works’ recent approval comes four years after Governor Hogan closed the facility and two years after the General Assembly allocated funds for the demolition of the complex. Since the state allocated those funds, the Corrections Department developed a plan that includes the demolition of over a dozen buildings on the site. Work under the new contract will begin soon.

The Warden’s House and small portion of the west wing of the Maryland Penitentiary are not included in this round of demolition but they are also not yet relieved from the threat of being razed. The Division of Corrections has only agreed to defer a decision on the demolition of these structures and consult with the Maryland Historical Trust on the future of these buildings.

Exhibit illustrating the partial demolition of the west wing of the former Maryland Penitentiary building.

While the demolition of the historic buildings within this complex is a loss for the city’s architectural heritage, our advocacy, along with Preservation Maryland, AIA Baltimore, and the Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, helped to secure more time to seek the preservation of the Warden’s House and a portion of the West Wing. We and our partners will continue to push for permanently preserving the these two historic buildings and better incorporate the Maryland Penitentiary into whatever new plans are eventually adopted.

The west wing of the former Maryland Penitentiary planned for partial demolition. November 13, 2018.
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We had a wonderful evening last Thursday in a fabulous space at the A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph Building. Thanks to everyone who attended our 2019 Preservation Awards Celebration and made it a success. Special thanks to our hosts and sponsors—you can find the full list of sponsors below.

With awards including converted churches and schools, remarkable rowhouse restorations, innovative exhibits interpreting our shared history, and even the revival of an antique street car, this year’s awardees covered a lot of ground. Take a look at the award winners below and please make sure to congratulate them the next time you see them around the city!

June 13, 2019. Restoration & Rehabilitation Awards

2229 Callow Avenue

Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Edgemont Builders, SM+P Architects

Marburg House, 6 E. Eager Street

Charles Belfoure, J.C. Porter Construction, Marburg House LLC, SM+P Architects

3522 Elm Avenue

April Gilkey and David Rachamim, O’Connell & Associates, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

2431 Eutaw Place

Amazonia Flooring, Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Edgemont Builders, Froehling & Robertson, Inc., G&C Environmental Services, Inc., Healthy Neighborhoods, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Pando Alliance, Skarda and Associates, Inc., SM+P Architects, SRBR Engineers, Inc., The Dulin Group of Long and Foster, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

First German United Evangelical Church Conversion, 1728 Eastern Avenue

ATI, Inc., Edgemont Builders, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

218 E. Lafayette Avenue

Blank Slate Development, LLC

2131 E. Lombard Street

Jessica and Joshua Ruck, O’Connell & Associates, One Source Contract

1 West Mount Vernon Place (Hackerman House)

Lewis Contractors, Moseley Architects, Regan Associates, The Walters Art Museum

Award recipients from the Walters Art Museum with executive director Johns Hopkins and board president Krista Green. June 13, 2019.

Preston Street Lofts, 2-4 E. Preston Street

2 E Preston Street Partners LLC, Analogue Design, Charles Belfoure, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

Chez Hugo Bistro, 206 E. Redwood Street

Foundry Architects, Helm Foundation, Southway Builders

Station Arts Homes, 325, 327, 329, 312, 316, & 318 E. Lanvale Street

Charles Belfoure, Edgemont Builders, Station Arts Homes, Trace Architecture, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

George Peabody Library Skylight Restoration, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place

1200 Architects, GHD, Johns Hopkins University, George Peabody Library, Ziger|Snead Architects

Adaptive Reuse & Compatible Design Awards

Carriage House Renovation & Addition (The Brown/Thaddeus Residence), 2214 E. Pratt Street

21st Century Power Solutions, Architecture & Urban Views, Bromin Construction, Noel Brown and Sereen Thaddeus

St. Brigid’s School & Convent Conversion, 900 S. East Avenue

900 Southeast LLC, AB Associates, Charles Belfoure, Fanny Zigdon Interior Designs, One Source Contracting, Poverni Sheikh Group, SETO Architects, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

Fleet Street Lofts, 3801 Fleet Street

J. Cole Builders, SETO Architects, Walid Hajj

The Fox Building, 3100 Falls Cliff Road

Alexander Design Studio, Carney Engineering Group, Henry Adams LLC, Macrostie Historic Advisors, Morris Ritchie & Associates, Red Sketch Landscape Architecture, The Time Group, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Recreation Bowling Alley Conversion, 602 N. Howard Street

ATI, Inc., Poverni Sheikh Group

Heritage Preservation Awards

Car 554 Restoration at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum

Baltimore Streetcar Museum

Baltimore City Historic Tax Credit Program

Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, Baltimore Department of Planning

Chinatown Collective

Ephrem Abebe, Daniel Ahn, Marisa Dobson, Julie Eugenio, Stephanie Hsu, Leandro Lagera, Robin Lee, Daniel Pham, Jamie Sumague

Enslaved at Homewood: Research, Exhibit & Programming

Homewood Museum

Preservation in Practice Program at Morgan State University

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, HOPE Crew – National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan State University, National Park Service, National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, The Peale Center

Award recipients from the Peale Center, Morgan State University, and the National Trust’s HOPE Crew with board president Krista Green. June 13, 2019.

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Banners

C&D Design, Baltimore City Office of the Mayor, Preservation Society

Eutaw Manor and Furley Hall Signs at Herring Run Park

Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, Belair Edison Neighborhoods, Inc., Friends of Herring Run Parks, Herring Run Archaeology Project, Katie Mancher, Sarah Hope

Historic Sites of Industry in the Jones Falls Valley

Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance, P.J. Bogert Graphic Design, Preservation Maryland

Hosts
  • Cross Street Partners
  • City Life Historic Properties
  • Strong City Baltimore
John Renner from Cross Street Partners welcoming people to the A. Hoen & Co. building. June 13, 2019. Lead Sponsors
  • Agora, Inc.
  • Eastend Design Group
  • FreedomCar
  • GLB Concrete Construction
  • Lewis Contractors
  • PNC
  • Southway Builders
  • The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
  • Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork
  • Co-Sponsors
  • AGM Financial Services
  • brennan + company architects
  • Discern Health
  • Gant Brunnett Architects
  • GWWO Architects
  • Roland Park Place
  • SM+P Architects
  • Terra Nova Ventures
  • Ziger|Snead Architects
2019 June 13.
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In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, officers from the New York City Vice Squad raided the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village. A crowd of gay, lesbian, and transgender patrons and bystanders gathered and rose up in violent protest against city police’s harassment and abuse—marking a critical turning point in the nation’s struggle for LGBTQ rights. On June 28, 2019, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this historic milestone with our own tour of LGBTQ heritage in Baltimore. We hope you can join us for a Mount Vernon walking tour followed by happy hour at Flavor to discuss this important local and national history.

If more plants and less walking appeals to you, join us this Wednesday, June 12, for a behind-the-scenes look at the Rawlings Conservatory. We’ll go deep in the weeds (ahem!) as we explore this 1888 palace for plants modeled after London’s famous Kew Gardens.

Finally, if you haven’t already signed up for our 2019 Historic Preservation Awards Celebration coming up this Thursday June 13, you still have time to get your tickets! We’ll be celebrating the best work of the year at the former A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph Company building in East Baltimore. In addition to helping us congratulate this year’s award winners, you’ll get to explore this former industrial building during a once-in-a-lifetime transformation into new offices and training spaces.

— Johns Hopkins, Executive Director

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We have a staff position open! We’re looking for a Community Engagement and Communications Manager to join us in our work to preserve and promote Baltimore’s historic places. Below is description of the position and how to apply. The application deadline is June 30, 2019

Pay & Benefits: $50,000 and $1,500 retirement plan match.

Applications Due: June 30, 2019

Start Date: September 3, 2019

Position Description

The Community Engagement and Communications Manager will lead Baltimore Heritage’s tours, educational programs, and outreach initiatives to engage people in our mission of protecting and promoting historic buildings and revitalizing historic neighborhoods in Baltimore City.

The manager is responsible for a range of community programs including planning historic walking and building tours, managing an annual micro-grant program for preservation projects, and working with volunteer contributors to publish stories about historic places to our Explore Baltimore Heritage website and app. The manager will also be responsible for sharing information about these programs and the broader work of the organization through Baltimore Heritage’s website, social media, and print communications.

This is a full time position (40 hours per week) reporting to the executive director. Work hours are typically 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with occasional evening and weekend requirements. The work will take place mostly at Baltimore Heritage’s office as well as locations throughout Baltimore City for meetings and program events.

Position Responsibilities

Education Programs

  • Heritage Tours Programs: Initiate tours at new sites by contacting potential building owners and tour guides, research and write tour descriptions and announcements, support volunteer guides and organizers, attend tours, and compile quarterly reports.
  • Preservation Micro-Grant Program: Promote micro grant program to prospective applicants, manage grant selection process, organize public event where final grants are selected and announced, work with grantees on follow-up stories.
  • Explore Baltimore Heritage Website & App: Draft occasional interpretive stories on historic places in the Baltimore area and edit and publish stories from volunteer contributors.
  • Bmore Historic unconference: Help coordinate a volunteer planning committee to organize an annual unconference at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Communications

  • Website: Periodically update Baltimore Heritage WordPress-based website.
  • Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Groups): Use social media to promote public programs and share announcements and information related to Baltimore Heritage and preservation in Baltimore. Social media responsibilities include moderating two Facebook groups—the Old House Forum for local historic homeowners and Bmore Historic for area preservationists and historians.

Administrative

  • Assist in organizing and staffing annual historic preservation awards event, annual membership renewal mailing, monthly board of directors meetings, and other fundraising and program efforts.
  • Assist in maintaining and updating member records.

Qualification and Skill Requirements

  • Interest in Baltimore and the city’s history, architecture, and people
  • Bachelor’s degree in historic preservation, history, urban planning, or a related field
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Experience researching local history or preparing National Register nominations
  • Ability to work with volunteers and community partners
  • Ability to work independently with good organization and time management skills
  • Familiarity with WordPress, GSuite (Docs, Slides, Sheets), Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe InDesign, and membership management tools (e.g. Salesforce, CiviCRM)
To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and short (500 words or less) writing sample to Mr. Johns W. Hopkins, Executive Director, Baltimore Heritage: hopkins@baltimoreheritage.org.

For questions, contact Mr. Hopkins at 410-332-9992 or hopkins@baltimoreheritage.org.

About Baltimore Heritage

Baltimore Heritage is a city-wide non-profit historic preservation organization. Founded in 1960, it has two-full time staff positions, a 35 member board of directors, and dozens of volunteers. Baltimore Heritage operates in three primary areas: preservation advocacy for historic buildings and neighborhoods; education programs including an expansive Heritage Tours Program; and technical assistance to homeowners and building owners working to restore their historic buildings.

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We have more fun tours to share today but also some unfortunate news. Earlier this week, a surprise demolition took down two 1840s stone houses in the Woodberry neighborhood near Clipper Mill. The loss is particularly upsetting because it follows repeated assurances that the houses would be retained and incorporated into a new apartment building. Read our post on this issue to learn more about what we can do to ensure Baltimore’s historic places are valued and retained.

Now, if you’ve been in Baltimore for any amount of time, we hoped you’ve visited Druid Hill Park at least once or twice. This spring, we’re hoping you’ll spend a little time getting to know the park even better. On Saturday, June 8, we want you to take a ride on Druid Hill Park’s quiet back streets and paths to explore all the hidden nooks and crannies with Ralph Brown and Graham Coreil-Allen as your guides. Then, on the evening of Wednesday, June 12, we’re back at Druid Hill Park for a tour of the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory. Modeled after London’s famed Kew Gardens, we’ll learn about the past and present operation of this botanical oasis.

May 2019. Courtesy the The Herring Run Archaeology Project.

We’re also excited to share an invitation from local archaeologists Lisa Kraus and Jason Shellenhamer. Instead of the usual spring field season in Herring Run Park, you can find them in Fell’s Point next weekend, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, for a free public archaeology open house at the Caulker’s Houses on South Wolfe Street. We expect this archaeological investigation to turn up all kinds of stories and artifacts including connections to the 1840s and 1850s when the two wooden houses were home to a number of African American ship caulkers. Check out an update on what the dig has found so far over on the Herring Run Archaeology project website. It is a bit of an understatement to say that the houses are not universally accessible (no floors and barely-there stairs!) but, if you can’t go in, you can still see artifacts displayed on a table set up on the sidewalk.

Finally, you definitely don’t want to miss our 2019 Historic Preservation Awards Celebration on Thursday June 13! We’ll be celebrating the best work of the year at the former Hoen & Co. Lithograph Company building. In addition to helping us congratulate the award winners, you’ll get up close and inside and this former industrial building and see its transformation into new offices and training spaces.

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A breach of public trust. This is at the heart of yesterday’s demolition of two 1840s stone houses in Woodberry. We are shocked and angry to see the loss of these two buildings—and anxious to protect Woodberry’s historic buildings from more demolition.

Over the past year, Woodberry residents, City Councilman Leon Pinkett, and preservation organizations, including Baltimore Heritage and Preservation Maryland, rallied to protest initial plans for demolition, attended meetings, offered comments, and worked with the development team on a proposal to incorporate elements of the existing Clipper Road buildings into a proposed new apartment building. The developers presented this revised plan at a community meeting last fall and again in January 2019 at a public hearing before the city planning department’s Urban Design and Architectural Advisory Panel. Baltimore Heritage along with the community association, Councilman Pinkett, and others supported this compromise.

The stone houses at 3511 and 3523 Clipper Road before demolition, 2018 July 11. Baltimore Heritage

Then, yesterday morning, both stone houses were demolished without warning. After hearing the news, the architectural firm for the project, PI.KL Studio, resigned. The development partner, Mr. Christopher Mfume at CLD Partners, at first defended the demolitions then late yesterday announced that he had also left the project. The Baltimore Sun reported that the owner of the site, Woodberry Station LLC, and its resident agent Katherine Jennings could not be reached for comment.

We don’t want to see another loss like this one in Woodberry. We hope the neighborhood will seriously consider renewing efforts to work with the city Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and become a designated local historic district. Proposals to demolish or alter historic buildings within CHAP districts require review by CHAP staff and, often, the full CHAP commission. Most importantly, city law requires that these reviews take place before a demolition permit can be issued. Woodberry has considered becoming a CHAP district in the past, and Baltimore Heritage stands ready to assist if the neighborhood’s residents want to consider doing so again.

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This morning, my colleague Eli and I stopped by the Hebrew Orphan Asylum and took in a welcome sight: construction workers everywhere building a new structure inside the brick walls of the nation’s oldest surviving Jewish orphanage. Work is well underway to turn this once neglected building into a much needed healthcare facility in West Baltimore.

Johns Hopkins and Sean Scott, the project foreman. 2019 May 16.

The road to this morning’s busy scene was a long one. Baltimore Heritage first became involved with the Asylum in 2005, nearly fifteen years ago. Today, we wanted to share the story behind the building’s transition. Over the past decade, the building has gone from vacant and slated for demolition to a site of rebuilding and renewal. We hope that a brief recap of the milestones on this journey can provide a little insight into the world of historic preservation and hope for Baltimoreans and others working on their own uphill preservation projects!

2009 November 1 Slated for Demolition

In 2005, the Hebrew Orphan Asylum’s owner, Coppin State University, announced plans to tear down the building. The university sought to avoid the continued expense of maintaining the vacant structure and envisioned creating a “south campus” on the site at some undetermined later date. For years, Baltimore Heritage and the Maryland Historical Trust urged CSU officials to preserve and reuse the building rather than demolish it.

September 8, 2010

In 2010, we nominated the Hebrew Orphan Asylum to the National Register of Historic Places and called for people across the city to support the building’s entry in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” competition. We didn’t win, but still came in sixth place and made a lot of new friends who cared about this historic landmark. With a change in leadership at CSU and wider public recognition of the building’s significance, the university eventually agreed to hold off on demolition even without a clear plan for what to do next.

Community-Centered Planning and Health

Over the next seven years, we worked with the Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation and residents in the Greater Rosemont community to develop a plan for reusing the building. We secured funding from Preservation Maryland to prepare a new strategic vision for the building’s redevelopment. Armed with a state study showing that the area around the Asylum has the greatest level of health care disparity in Maryland, the community and CDC determined that bringing a medical facility back into the building was an ideal opportunity.

Rendering of proposed reuse of Hebrew Orphan Asylum, 2011 August.

After years of effort, the CDC convinced Coppin State University to sell the building and worked out an agreement for its purchase. This was the first time in recent memory that the University of Maryland system had sold a building, and the transaction required years of significant legal work—with special credit to pro-bono counsel Ballard Spahr. With a Maryland Historical Trust preservation easement protecting the exterior of the building, the CDC became the owners of the Asylum in 2017.

That same year, the CDC took another significant step forward when Behavioral Health System Baltimore and the Baltimore City Health Department committed to lease the entire building for health care use. The first program to go into the building is the new Crisis Stabilization Center—an innovative drug treatment program being introduced to Baltimore. Additional healthcare-related offices and programs are expected to follow.

Financing and the Future

At the same time, Baltimore Heritage worked to apply for state and federal historic tax credits to stabilize and eventually rehab the building. First with Kann Partners Architects and now with Waldon Studio Architects and Southway Builders as partners, we secured several million dollars in historic tax credits that jump started the fundraising process. With historic tax credits in hand, the CDC secured additional contributions from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Weinberg Foundation. With help from a local development consultant, Cross Street Partners, the CDC finally secured a bank loan in December 2018 to finance the overall $16 million construction cost.

L to R: Former State Senator Verna L. Jones-Rodwell, architect Donald Kann, architect Katherine Good, and Coppin Heights CDC director Gary Rodwell. 2019 March 8. Flickr

Construction at the Hebrew Orphan Asylum is now scheduled to finish in 2020 when doors open for the new stabilization center and health care offices. It has taken many partners to go from the brink of demolition to the promising future of today, including everybody who has supported Baltimore Heritage over the last many years. Your membership gifts, ticket purchases for walking tours, and end-of-year giving have allowed us to stick with the Asylum as advocates, community organizers, fundraisers, and partners.

Johns Hopkins and Eli Pousson. May 16, 2019

Thank you to all of you who have carried us during our fourteen years of work and helped get us this far. Keep the faith that we will make it to the finish line with the Asylum, and we’ll keep you updated on the first opportunity we can get inside for a Behind the Scenes hard hat tour!

Historic framing stabilized on the interior. New floors and columns will be added during construction. 2019 May 16.
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Please join us on Thursday, June 13 for our 2019 Preservation Awards Celebration at the Hoen & Co. Lithograph Building!

From this 1885 motor factory turned printing plant, Hoen designed and published everything from survey maps in the late 1800s to psychedelic album covers in the 1960s. Today, it is being converted into a hub of offices, job training facilities, and community space in East Baltimore—and we’ll get to see it right in the middle of the transformation. With this enormous former manufacturing building as our backdrop, we’re pleased to be honoring this year’s best work in historic preservation, from the restoration of an antique streetcar at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum to the tremendous efforts by the Chinatown Collective to bring new life into Baltimore’s historic Chinatown.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and drink then the awards presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. This year, we’re going green! Plates, cups, and everything else we use will be either compostable or recyclable, and with food from Blue Pit that includes their signature vegetarian BBQ, we’re trying to do our part to minimize our impact. Get your tickets today and join us to celebrate our city’s efforts to revitalize our historic building and communities.

Thanks to the sponsors of this year’s event, whose generous contributions keep Baltimore Heritage going throughout the year.

Lead Sponsors
  • Agora, Inc.
  • Eastend Design Group
  • Freedom Car
  • GLB Concrete
  • Lewis Contractors
  • PNC
  • Southway Builders
  • Whiting Turner Contracting Company
  • Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork
Sponsors
  • AGM Financial Services
  • Brennan and Company Architects
  • Discern Health
  • Gant Brunnett Architects
  • GWWO Architects
  • Roland Park Place
  • SM+P Architects
  • Southway Builders
  • Terra Nova Ventures
  • Ziger/Snead
2019 Award Recipients Project Awards Restoration and Rehabilitation
  • 2229 Callow Avenue
  • Marburg House, 6 E. Eager Street
  • 3522 Elm Avenue
  • 2431 Eutaw Place
  • First German United Evangelical Church Conversion, 1728 Eastern Avenue
  • 218 E. Lafayette Avenue
  • 2131 E. Lombard Street
  • 1 West Mount Vernon Place (Hackerman House)
  • Preston Street Lofts, 2-4 E. Preston Street
  • Chez Hugo Bistro, 206 E. Redwood Street
  • Station Arts Homes, 325, 327, 329, 312, 316, and 318 E. Lanvale Street
  • The George Peabody Skylight Restoration, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place
Adaptive Reuse and Compatible Design
  • Carriage House Renovation & Addition (The Brown / Thaddeus Residence), 2214 W. Pratt Street
  • St. Brigid’s School & Convent Conversion, 900 S. East Avenue
  • Fleet Street Lofts, 3801 Fleet Street
  • The Fox Building, 3100 Falls Cliff Road
  • Recreation Bowling Alley Conversion, 602 N. Howard Street
Achievement Awards Heritage Preservation
  • Car 554 Restoration at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum
  • CHAP Historic Tax Credit Program
  • Chinatown Collective
  • Enslaved at Homewood
  • Preservation in Practice Program at Morgan State University
  • Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Banners
  • Eutaw Manor and Furley Hall Signs at Herring Run Park
  • Historic Sites of Industry in the Jones Falls Valley
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If you’re looking to get outside and enjoy springtime in the city, we have plenty of opportunities to get some fresh air on our upcoming walking tours, a bike tour through Druid Hill Park, and the latest chance to get inside the Shot Tower.

On Saturday, May 11, our Baltimore by Foot series continues in Union Square where we’re asking what H.L. Mencken might think of summer concerts and window boxes. That same day, we’re also offering our final Lexington Market tour for the spring—and it even has a few spots still open! The following Saturday, May 18, our last Baltimore by Foot tour for the season explores the history (and future) of arts and entertainment on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Early next month, on Saturday, June 8, we hope you can put a little air in your tires and ride along for The Nooks and Crannies of Druid Hill Park by Bike with our two veteran tour leaders Dr. Ralph Brown and artist Graham Coreil-Allen. We keep to a modest pace and a mostly flat grade so people of all biking abilities are welcome.

Finally, whether it rains or shines, our Monumental City Tours continue on Sunday mornings with Historic Jonestown and the Shot Tower on May 12 and Mount Vernon and the Washington Monument on May 19. These affordable tours are a great way to show off the city to visiting family and friends.

With wishes for a happy spring, I hope to see you on one (or two or more!) of our upcoming tours.

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