2010 Preservation Awards: UB Liberal Arts and Policy Building

Image courtesy Cho Benn Holback + Associates

The University of Baltimore’s Liberal Arts and Policy Building at 10 W. Preston Street originally housed the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal secret society founded in 1894 and the first such society to be incorporated under an act of Congress. The co-educational institution, University of Baltimore, acquired the building and undertook an extensive renovation project in which the original stained glass and spiral stairs were restored, as was the limestone fronts along Charles Street. The work even uncovered the original tile floor, which was cleaned and reused. The University of Baltimore is the owner and Cho Benn Holback + Associates was the architect.

Image courtesy Cho Benn Holback + Associates


  1. Could you tell me if Duncan Alexander Gillies, a contractor for bridge, pier and maritime engineering (B & O Railroad, Delaware Canal, NYC piers) lived in this building. He was married to Margaret H. Joyce, daughter of Eugene E. T. Joyce. The 1921 Baltimore City Directory lists GILLIES, DUNCAN A. Contr., 10 West Preston

    Love to learn that he lived or worked in such a magnificent building.

    Thanks vert much.


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