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.

Subscribe for updates

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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

Photograph by Jason Shellenhamer, 2015 May 16.

Field Notes from Herring Run: Finding valuable information in a 150-year-old burned down house

June 12, 2015

Thank you to everyone who came to visit or volunteer at our archaeological dig in Herring Run Park last month. For our final Field Notes entry from the 2015 field season Lisa Kraus and Jason Shellenhamer shared a recap of what we were searching for and what we found. We’ll be looking for more volunteers to assist … Read more

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

Speak up for historic West Baltimore at the B&P Tunnel Open House next week

June 11, 2015

We are continuing to pay close attention to the Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel project where the possible replacement of an existing railroad tunnel threatens to blocks of historic rowhouses and industrial buildings in West Baltimore. An open house meeting next week provides the latest opportunity to learn more about the project including new details on … Read more

Captain Isaac Emerson Mansion at 2500 Eutaw Place, Eli Pousson, 2015 February 19.

Captain Emerson Mansion is up for auction on June 23

June 11, 2015

The grand Captain Isaac Edward Emerson at 2500 Eutaw Place is up for auction by One House at a Time this on June 23—an exciting opportunity for a new owner to step in and save this important Reservoir Hill landmark from over a decade of neglect.

Photograph by Jason Shellenhamer, 2015 May 16.

Field Notes from Herring Run: We love figuring out how people lived back then!

May 16, 2015

Lisa and Jason are taking a well-deserved break from writing up their field notes so I’m stepping in to share a quick reflection on the first day of our weekend open house and the tremendous response we’ve encountered from visitors of all ages. With three tours around the site, we took nearly 100 people on … Read more

Preservation Projects