Tag: historic preservation

Lafayette Square Park comfort station to undergo nearly $100K restoration

The comfort station in Lafayette Square Park will be restored with nearly $100,000 in grant funding. Photo courtesy of Johns W. Hopkins.

To a passing eye, the boarded up, 30-by-30 restroom and utility building in Lafayette Square Park might not look like much.

But the structure, known as a comfort station, is part of the park’s history, and Baltimore Heritage, Inc., hopes it will also be part of the park and community’s future, said executive director Johns W. Hopkins.

The local preservation group is planning to use $99,973 in grant funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (MDHCD) and from Baltimore National Heritage Area to restore the building. 

Preservationists Say Warden’s House, Facing Demolition, Serves as Important Reminder of Baltimore’s Slavery Days

The Warden’s House and gateway. Photo by Eli Pousson, via Flickr.

As the Warden’s House inside the Baltimore City Correctional Complex inches closer to the wrecking ball, local nonprofit Baltimore Heritage has shared some significant history about the iconic castle-like, prison yard edifice.

Delbert Adams Construction Group, LLC. Builds New Security Guard Booth for Helping Up Mission

DACG Employees (Left to Right): Charles Mimaros, Dan Harris, Sean Monaghan, Paul Alt, Marty Debolt

Giving back to the community has always been a high priority for the Delbert Adams Construction Group (DACG). This past month, the DACG team spent time planning, constructing and building a brand new security guard booth for the Helping Up Mission (HUM) in Baltimore, MD.

Urban Landscape: The Sandlot Already Looking to Expand; Council Votes on the Overlook, Clayworks; Fells Point’s ‘Caulkers’ Houses’ Recognized; and More

Photo via the Sandlot

Even though it just opened, Sandlot Baltimore is already looking to expand, upgrade and increase its staff.

Bosley Mansion and Property Under New Ownership – Realizing a Vision to Preserve the Unique Property for Future Generations



Presbyterian Home of Maryland, Inc. (PHM) is proud to announce the execution of a contract with Bosley Estates, LLC, to sell the property at 400 Georgia Court in Towson, Maryland.

Urban Landscape: A New Effort to Save Fells Point’s Wooden Houses; McKeldin Fountain Pulverized; Under Armour Project Honored; MOM’s Opening in White Marsh



They’re the ultimate fixer-uppers. They have no electricity or running water. Even worse, there’s no off-street parking and no roof decks with harbor views. And they’re more than 200 years old.

Iconic Parkville Diner May Become a Starbucks



Yesterday, the owners of Parkville’s Bel-Loc Diner announced that it will be closing and that the location will most likely become a Starbucks.

Want to Tour Historic Neighborhoods in Baltimore? There’s an App for That…


Baltimore Heritage, a historic preservation nonprofit, says several hundred people have downloaded its new app for touring historic neighborhoods of Baltimore.

Pigtown Design: Baltimore Building Heritage? There’s an App for That



As you might have figured out by now, I am interested in the “built environment” meaning buildings of all sorts, whether they be historical mansions or small cozy sheds. And I am always interested to learn about buildings that I see every day as I zoom by in my car.

In cooperation with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation where I serve on the Board, and some other local preservation groups, Baltimore Heritage has just launched a smart phone app called Explore Baltimore Heritage.Dozens of historic buildings around the city are pinned on this application, with a history of the building, some historic photographs, and perhaps a short narration featuring the stentorian tones of historian, Charlie Duff.

Baltimore By Foot


Have you heard of Baltimore Heritage? The 50-year old non-profit is Baltimore’s historical and architectural preservation organization. Its Spring Walking Tour series — this year featuring Charles Village, Bolton Hill, Roland Park, Ten Hills  and Curtis Bay — provides guided strolls that uncover the buildings, stories and places that weave the cultural fabric of Baltimore’s historic neighborhoods. Walking tours are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

The 2012 tours start on April 21 and continue on every Saturday through May 19!

Read on for the details then register online today. Registrations will be confirmed by e-mail, including information on how to pay.

Spring 2012 Tours

LGBT Heritage: Charles Village – April 21, 10 a.m. to noon
Creating the Movement: Baltimore’s Early LGBT History in Charles Village

Over forty years ago, members of Baltimore’s gay and lesbian network launched a concerted effort to organize and build a more open community.  Many of these early leaders lived in Charles Village and the projects they spearheaded happened in this central Baltimore neighborhood.  Please join LGBT leaders Richard Oloizia and Richard Hughes, and a number of other luminaries in the LGBT community, on a tour through Charles Village to learn about the early organizing campaigns and the people behind them.

Meet in front of Normals Bookstore, 425 E. 31st  St.  Park on the street.

Bolton Square – April 28, 10:00 a.m. to noon
A New Historic Community in a Historic Neighborhood

In 1967, Bolton Square arose as an urban renewal project after a number of blocks in Baltimore’s Bolton Hill neighborhood were cleared as “slums.”  With 36 light-filled and open houses designed by noted architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen clustered around a communal green space, the architect and developer strove to create a middle class community that would attract people back into the city.  Today Bolton Square celebrates its 45th anniversary and itself is officially designated as a Baltimore City historic district.  Join residents and Bolton Square history aficionados Jon Kaplan and Joel Pearson on a tour of this Modernist architectural gem.

Meet at the home of our tour guides, 1416 Mason St. Mason St. runs parallel to Eutaw St. and is between Eutaw and Bolton. The nearest cross street is Lafayette Avenue. Park on the street.