What is Baltimore Heritage?

Founded in 1960, Baltimore Heritage, Inc. is Baltimore’s nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization. With a small staff, 33 volunteer board members, and a host of volunteers, we work to preserve and promote Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. 



Baltimore Heritage strives for diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our organization. In order to determine how well we are meeting these goals and to identify areas needing improvement, the Baltimore Heritage staff and Board of Directors initiated a rigorous self-audit in 2020. It is our hope that the findings and recommendations outlined in this 2021 Equity Audit and Report will help Baltimore Heritage to become an even more diverse, equitable and impactful organization.

Baltimore Heritage, Inc.

100 N. Charles St.
Suite P101
Baltimore, MD 21201


What is historic preservation?

Historic preservation is about much more than saving old buildings! Baltimore Heritage and our partners celebrate the historic places that tell the stories of families, neighborhoods and the city as a whole. The stories behind the landmarks we fight for reflect the diversity of our community past and present including everyone from Jewish orphans to civil rights activists!

But historic preservation is about more than just stories. By promoting historic preservation, we are supporting neighborhood revitalization, stewardship of parks and open spaces, and increased sustainability. We promote historic preservation through advocacy, education and a wide range of projects and programs. But historic preservation in Baltimore also depends on efforts from residents and organizations of all kinds.

If you have ever…

  • Taken a tour of the Patterson Park Observatory or Baltimore Shot Tower?
  • Explored one of West Baltimore’s lovely historic neighborhoods?
  • Enjoyed reading a historic plaque downtown?

If so, then you are helping to support historic preservation too! Please learn how you can help make a difference to promote historic preservation in our city. Learn more about preservation issues and projects, discover the stories behind Baltimore’s history and architecturefind resources to help your own house or neighborhood, or support our work directly as a member or a volunteer.

Photograph by Auni Gelles, 2015 December 5.