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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

Old Senate Chamber after restoration. Maryland Historical Trust.

Join us for Baltimore by Bike and out-of-town tours this fall We love Baltimore best but our tours of Annapolis & Lutherville are not to be missed

September 24, 2015

We love Baltimore best but even we have to admit stunning architecture and incredible history can be found in communities all across Maryland. This month, we’re  offering two tours that take us beyond the city: a repeat of our sold-out spring walking tour of Lutherville and a look at the newly restored and reopened Senate Chambers at the Maryland State … Read more

Confederate Monument, Mount Royal Terrace (c. 1906). Library of Congress

What do we do about Baltimore’s Confederate monuments? City commission begins review of public Confederate monuments this week

September 18, 2015

Yesterday, Baltimore Heritage attended the first of four meetings for the Mayor’s Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments. Over the next six months, this commission plans to consider four public monuments: Roger B. Taney Monument (1887) Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument (1903) Confederate Women’s Monument (1919) Lee-Jackson Monument (1948) Today’s meeting helped to define scope … Read more

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, Lanny Miyamoto, October 1958. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Mount Vernon, Antietam and Patterson Park Cannons Upcoming heritage tours in September

August 28, 2015

With August almost over, we’ve turned our attention to the fall and have lined up some great new heritage tours. On September 12, Civil War historian and Preservation Maryland director Nicholas Redding is kindly leading a car caravan tour of Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg. That same morning, we are also taking a walk around Mount Vernon Place and the … Read more

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Digitized directories speed search for forgotten landmarks of 1814-era Baltimore Identifying sites and scouring primary sources

August 24, 2015

For our new Battle of Baltimore project, Auni Gelles is digging into the digital archives to trace the history of early 1800s Baltimore. You can start with Auni’s first post on the history of Defender’s Day, her interview with the director of the Flag House or read on for the latest in our behind-the-scenes look at historical research and … Read more

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