Non-Profit Preserves Baltimore’s Heritage for Future Generations

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Johns Hopkins, Executive Director of Baltimore Heritage, in front of the former American Ice Company plant. Photo by Steve Ruark.
Johns Hopkins, Executive Director of Baltimore Heritage, in front of the former American Ice Company plant. Photo by Steve Ruark.

Courtesy Bmore Media – The Sellers Mansion at Lafayette Square in west Baltimore Harlem Park neighborhood had once been one of the grandest homes in Baltimore. Today, it is decaying from neglect.

When nonprofit Baltimore Heritage discovered that the square was the site of a Civil War army hospital that accommodated 1,000 patients, it organized an architectural dig at which hundreds turned out.The Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation designated the building as a landmark, and many people have been trying to help owner St. James Development Corp. save the building, says Baltimore Heritage Executive Director Johns Hopkins.

Baltimore Heritage worked with the neighborhood association to connect it with realtors and make people aware of the building’s history, Hopkins continues. Whether Baltimore Heritage succeeds with this project or not remains to be seen. But Hopkins is hopeful that the building can be stabilized and put back into use at some future point.

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