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
410-332-9992

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History

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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In the News

Recent Updates

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

Exterior view, Eastern Female High School. Photograph by Johns Hopkins, 2015 July 11.

Recent fire, financial challenges place the Eastern Female High School at risk

August 14, 2015

On July 11, the Eastern Female High School on Aisquith Street caught fire—just the latest challenge for this 1869 school-house turned apartment building that has stood empty and since it closed in 2001. We visited the building the day after the fire and found the structure largely intact but completely unsecured after the fire department had to break through the boarded up … Read more

Eli Pousson and Louis Hughes, Mount Vernon Pride Walking Tour. Photograph by Nicole Stanovsky, 2015 May 31.

News: Recording the Rainbow Revolution As gay bars in Baltimore shut their doors, activists work to document LGBTQ history

August 13, 2015

City Paper writer (and Baltimore Heritage volunteer) Kate Drabinski responded to the news that the 43-year-old gay bar the Hippo is closing this year with a thoughtful article on the work being done by archivists, scholars and community members to preserve LGBTQ history in Baltimore: “Louis Hughes, now 71, moved to Baltimore in 1970 and … Read more

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