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. We also honor heritage achievements including publications and outstanding individual advocates. Read our submission guidelines for more information or make a nomination for our 2015 awards!

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

Photograph of the Recreation Pier by Sean Marshall, 27 June 2012. Courtesy Flickr (CC BY-NC).

2015 Sustainable Communities Tax Credit awards nearly $7 million for preservation in Baltimore

December 19, 2014

On Wednesday, December 10, the Maryland Historical Trust announced the exciting preservation projects receiving the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit in 2015. Next year, the historic tax credit program will invest ten million dollars in nine projects from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. In Baltimore, four projects received historic tax credits—supporting a planned investment of over sixty million in the Fell’s Point, Stone Hill, …

Photograph by Eli Pousson, November 2014.

Looking for Archeology in Herring Run Park? Ask big questions to find tiny artifacts

December 2, 2014

We’re glad to share this post from local archeologist Lisa Kraus about a new project we’ve been working on this fall: archeology in Herring Run Park! Lisa and her husband, Jason Shellenhamer, along with volunteers from the Northeast Baltimore History Roundtable have made some exciting finds in just the past few weeks. Read on for Lisa’s reflections on our …

Central North Side, August 16, 2012. Courtesy Joseph/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The Great Western Rowhouse Road Trip — Rowhouses Pittsburgh Style!

October 27, 2014

If you’ve been to Pittsburgh, you know it has a fantastic downtown peninsula packed with sky-scrapers built by Alcoa, Pittsburgh Plate Glass, U.S. Steel, and more. Charlie Duff and I avoided this alluring urban hub to explore the city’s rowhouse neighborhoods on a tour led by Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr., president of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks …

The Great Western Rowhouse Roadtrip

The Great Western Rowhouse Road Trip — Baltimore to Pittsburgh and beyond!

October 24, 2014

Yesterday afternoon, my colleague Charlie Duff of Jubilee Baltimore and I headed west out of Baltimore. Our quest? Look at rowhouses and rowhouse neighborhoods beyond Baltimore. 250 years ago, settlers piled their Conestoga wagons full of provisions at a tract of land John Eager Howard donated that later became known as Lexington Market and set out …