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What is Baltimore Heritage?

Founded in 1960, Baltimore Heritage, Inc. is Baltimore’s nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization. With two staff members, 33 volunteer board members, and a host of volunteers, we work to preserve and promote Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.

Baltimore Heritage, Inc.
11 1/2 West Chase Street Baltimore, MD 21201



Founded in 1960 and going strong more than 50 years later. Learn more.

What is historic preservation?

Historic preservation is about much more than saving old buildings! Baltimore Heritage and our partners celebrate the historic places that tell the stories of families, neighborhoods and the city as a whole. The stories behind the landmarks we fight for reflect the diversity of our community past and present including everyone from Jewish orphans to civil rights activists!

But historic preservation is about more than just stories. By promoting historic preservation, we are supporting neighborhood revitalization, stewardship of parks and open spaces, and increased sustainability. We promote historic preservation through advocacy, education and a wide range of projects and programs. But historic preservation in Baltimore also depends on efforts from residents and organizations of all kinds.

If you have ever…

  • Taken a tour of the Patterson Park Pagoda or Baltimore Shot Tower?
  • Shopped on the Avenue in Hampden?
  • Enjoyed reading a historic plaque downtown?

If so, then you are helping to support historic preservation too! Please learn how you can help make a difference to promote historic preservation in our city. Learn more about preservation issues and projects, discover the stories behind Baltimore’s history and architecturefind resources to help your own house or neighborhood, or support our work directly as a member or a volunteer.


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Recent Updates

Behind the Scenes at Whitehall Mill

See the Whitehall Mill and a church full of Tiffany on our upcoming heritage tours

February 11, 2016

Our upcoming Baltimore Heritage tours will show you the bright future of a historic mill, and let you experience a hidden Baltimore treasure. Later this month, we’re stepping into the middle of construction on our tour of Whitehall Mill. This former textile mill is being reborn as a mixed-use complex of apartments, office space, a restaurant, and a market. … Read more

Photograph of the Druid Health Center/Home of the Friendless, 2015 November 3.

Upton Mansion and Druid Health Center awarded to developers through the Vacants to Value Surplus Sale Find more development opportunities on our new interactive map

February 5, 2016

For the past two years, Baltimore Housing has worked to find developers for unique vacant properties through their Vacants to Value Surplus Sale. In 2015, Baltimore Housing listed 18 properties for development including historic school buildings, firehouses, and rowhouses located in neighborhoods across the city. Earlier this week, we learned that the city has issued awards for seven properties including the former Druid Health Center/Home … Read more

1232 Druid Hill Avenue  and Bethel AME Church, 2016 January 15

1232 Druid Hill Avenue is saved from demolition… for now Help us push to protect the King/Briscoe House and Baltimore's Civil Rights heritage

February 1, 2016

On January 12, the Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) voted unanimously to add the George W. King/Abraham Briscoe House at 1232 Druid Hill Avenue to the city’s historic potential landmark list. Baltimore Heritage worked closely with the Marble Hill Community Association to prepare the landmark nomination. CHAP clearly saw how important it is to save places tied … Read more

2015 Award Recipient, Fallsway Spring

Submit a nomination for our 2016 Preservation Awards! Help us find Baltimore's best preservation and heritage projects

February 1, 2016

We need your help to find the past year’s best preservation projects. Are you…. a homeowner who just finished a big restoration project? Or you know a neighbor who has? a builder or architect who worked on a unique adaptive reuse project last year? a volunteer with a community group preserving and celebrating historic places in Baltimore? If you answered yes, then we want you to … Read more

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