Preservation

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.

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Friends of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum


 

Current 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 today!

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.

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. More information.

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 online 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. More information.

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. More information.


Ongoing Preservation Issues

Many historic Baltimore buildings are endangered by deterioration and neglect and threatened with demolition for new construction. This list of highlighted building includes both publicly and privately owned structures, including a few where the owners are actively working to stabilize and preserve their property.


McKim’s Free School

"This Place Matters" at the McKim Center
The 1833 McKim Free School building is one of Baltimore’s most important landmarks with deep roots in the city’s history and an unsurpassed 175 year record of education and social service.

Clifton Park Valve House

Heritage BaltimoreThe Clifton Park Valve House on St. Lo Drive in Clifton Park is a magnificent Gothic revival stone and tile-roofed structure built between 1887 and 1888.


Eastern Female High School

Eastern Female High SchoolBuilt ca1869, Eastern Female High School at 249 Aisquith Street has been Baltimore City Landmark since 1976 but is currently threatened by vacancy and neglect.

Old Town Mall

Old Town MallThe 500 block of Gay Street, the heart of Old Town Mall in the Jonestown neighborhood, is a full block of intact historic commercial properties that contain over 200 years of architectural heritage.

Pennsylvania Railroad Building

Pennsylvania RR BuildingBuilt to house the Baltimore branch offices of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, this structure at 200 East Baltimore Street was an early commission of the architectural firm of Parker & Thomas.

Fell’s Point Wooden Houses

Wolfe Street HousesOnce a staple of the Baltimore landscape, wooden houses of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries are now an endangered resource in Baltimore.


Past Issues


Saved

400 block West Baltimore Street

Once threatened with demolition, this unique block on Downtown’s West Side, featuring cast-iron fronts and Civil War-era rowhouses, was largely restored in 2010.

Scottish Rite Temple

The monumental home to the Socttish Rite Masons on Charles Street was protected by local landmark designation in 2009.

Castalia

Home to the first headmaster of the Calvert School, Castalia was threatened with demolition in 2006 before the building was protected with a local landmark designation in 2008.


Lost

300 block St. Paul Place (ca 1820s)

Rare surviving early 19th-century rowhouse block demolished by Mercy Hospital in 2007.

The Rochambeau Apartments (1905)

Historic apartment building, designed by Edward Glidden, demolished by the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2006.

Ross Winans Mansion (1882)

Threatened by neglect in the late-1990s, local business Agora, Inc. restored this Mount Vernon mansion in 2005.

Monumental Motorcar Company (1915)

A former automobile showroom, better known as the “Odorite” Building, demolished by the University of Baltimore in 2004.