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Historic preservation advocacy and outreach

We love old buildings and historic neighborhoods. We work with home-owners, neighborhood organizations and property owners across the city to save places that matter through advocacy, technical assistance and community organizing. These places include parks, public buildings, churches and even private homes.

What is historic preservation? Learn more about Baltimore Heritage and how we save historic places in our community. Looking for help with a historic landmark in your neighborhood? Start with our resources.

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Advocacy Issues — Help us save Baltimore’s historic places

We work with residents, property owners and neighborhood advocates to promote historic preservation across the city. We identify at-risk buildings and work proactively with property owners and community residents to preserve a threatened landmark. Learn more about historic preservation advocacy issues in Baltimore.

Preserving Historic Neighborhoods

Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance Meeting

We work closely with the Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation and neighborhood activists in Mount Vernon, Bolton Hill, Fell’s Point and other historic districts to promote responsible stewardship and neighborhood revitalization.

Archeology in Baltimore

Civil War Archeology in Lafayette Square

Our new public archeology program is documenting and protecting archeological resources in Lafayette Square and Patterson Park. Learn more.

Awards — Celebrate historic preservation projects and achievements

Our annual Preservation Awards celebrate preservation projects large and small from across the city. Please join us in June for a fantastic celebration!

Ongoing Projects

We Dig Hampstead Hill! Searching for the War of 1812 in Patterson Park

Learn more about our archaeological investigation of Patterson Park this spring.Patterson Park, known as Hampstead Hill in the early 1800s, was the site of Baltimore’s major defensive position against a British land invasion in the War of 1812. With funding from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority and the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program, Baltimore Heritage is undertaking an archaeological investigation of Patterson Park in spring 2014. Learn more about this project or about archeology in Baltimore.

Documentation and Designation in West Baltimore

We are working to connect historic preservation and community revitalization in historic West Baltimore neighborhoods, focused around the US 40 corridor, proposed for the development of the Red Line light rail route. One of our major initiatives is the documentation and designation of historic landmarks in Midtown Edmondson and Greater Rosemont. Learn more about preservation in West Baltimore or take a look at our digital publications for the Landmarks on the Red Line.

Advocating for Preservation on Downtown’s West Side

From the late 1700s through the 1940s, the West Side grew as a vital center of transportation, commerce, and cultural life. Unfortunately, in the late 20th century retail shopping and investment drifted out to Baltimore’s suburbs, many of these businesses closed, and their buildings began to decay from neglect. Baltimore Heritage and our partners are continuing to advocate for the preservation-based revitalization of this historic downtown Baltimore neighborhood. Learn more about this issue.

Organizing the Friends of West Baltimore Squares

The Friends of West Baltimore Squares is a new initiative started in partnership with the Parks & People Foundation and neighborhood organizations in West and Southwest Baltimore to organize support for Franklin Square, Harlem Park, Lafayette Square, Perkins Square and Union Square, through events, outreach and advocacy. Visit the Friends of West Baltimore Squares or our project page to learn more about this project.

Building Support for Baltimore’s Hebrew Orphan Asylum

Baltimore Heritage is currently working in partnership with the Coppin Heights CDC and Coppin State University to preserve and plan the rehabilitation of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum building. Built in 1876, the Hebrew Orphan Asylum the oldest purpose-built Jewish orphanage in the nation. Learn more about this issue.

Restoring Clifton Mansion with CivicWorks

Clifton MansionBaltimore Heritage is working closely with the Friends of Clifton Mansion, Civic Works, the youth training program that occupies the Mansion, and the Henry Thompson of Clifton Society, to promote the historic importance of the Mansion and its role in Baltimore’s future. Learn more about this campaign.

Recent Updates

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

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

From the Preliminary Alternatives Screening Report (2014), B&P Tunnel Project.

Preservation review of the B&P Tunnel project—an important opportunity for community input

August 12, 2015

As we shared earlier this year, the planned replacement of the B&P Tunnel is a project with major consequences for historic West Baltimore neighborhoods. The current set of proposals could require the demolition of the American Ice Company, the Ward Baking Company building or whole blocks of rowhouses in the Midtown Edmondson neighborhood. When demolition is unavoidable, the … Read more

Photograph by Lisa Kraus, 2015 May 12.

Volunteer in the lab for Herring Run Park Archaeology Get a close look at artifacts from our spring dig

August 10, 2015

When most people think about archaeology, they think a project is over when the digging is done. In reality, every hour spent on archaeological fieldwork requires as many as twenty hours back in the lab cleaning and processing artifacts. Herring Run Park project archaeologists Lisa Kraus and Jason Shellenhamer are headed to the lab in August and September to clean … Read more

Preservation Projects