Author: Johns

Johns Hopkins has been the executive director of Baltimore Heritage since 2003. Before that, Johns worked for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development developing and implementing smart growth and neighborhood revitalization programs. Johns holds degrees from Yale University, George Washington University Law School, and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Thank you for celebrating with us at our 2019 Preservation Awards!

We had a wonderful evening last Thursday in a fabulous space at the A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph Building. Thanks to everyone who attended our 2019 Preservation Awards Celebration and made it a success. Special thanks to our hosts and sponsors—you can find the full list of sponsors below.

With awards including converted churches and schools, remarkable rowhouse restorations, innovative exhibits interpreting our shared history, and even the revival of an antique street car, this year’s awardees covered a lot of ground. Take a look at the award winners below and please make sure to congratulate them the next time you see them around the city!

Arched entrance to a large industrial building.
June 13, 2019.

Restoration & Rehabilitation Awards

2229 Callow Avenue

Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Edgemont Builders, SM+P Architects

Marburg House, 6 E. Eager Street

Charles Belfoure, J.C. Porter Construction, Marburg House LLC, SM+P Architects

3522 Elm Avenue

April Gilkey and David Rachamim, O’Connell & Associates, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

2431 Eutaw Place

Amazonia Flooring, Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Edgemont Builders, Froehling & Robertson, Inc., G&C Environmental Services, Inc., Healthy Neighborhoods, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Pando Alliance, Skarda and Associates, Inc., SM+P Architects, SRBR Engineers, Inc., The Dulin Group of Long and Foster, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

First German United Evangelical Church Conversion, 1728 Eastern Avenue

ATI, Inc., Edgemont Builders, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

218 E. Lafayette Avenue

Blank Slate Development, LLC

2131 E. Lombard Street

Jessica and Joshua Ruck, O’Connell & Associates, One Source Contract

1 West Mount Vernon Place (Hackerman House)

Lewis Contractors, Moseley Architects, Regan Associates, The Walters Art Museum

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Award recipients from the Walters Art Museum with executive director Johns Hopkins and board president Krista Green. June 13, 2019.

Preston Street Lofts, 2-4 E. Preston Street

2 E Preston Street Partners LLC, Analogue Design, Charles Belfoure, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

Chez Hugo Bistro, 206 E. Redwood Street

Foundry Architects, Helm Foundation, Southway Builders

Station Arts Homes, 325, 327, 329, 312, 316, & 318 E. Lanvale Street

Charles Belfoure, Edgemont Builders, Station Arts Homes, Trace Architecture, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

George Peabody Library Skylight Restoration, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place

1200 Architects, GHD, Johns Hopkins University, George Peabody Library, Ziger|Snead Architects

Adaptive Reuse & Compatible Design Awards

Carriage House Renovation & Addition (The Brown/Thaddeus Residence), 2214 E. Pratt Street

21st Century Power Solutions, Architecture & Urban Views, Bromin Construction, Noel Brown and Sereen Thaddeus

St. Brigid’s School & Convent Conversion, 900 S. East Avenue

900 Southeast LLC, AB Associates, Charles Belfoure, Fanny Zigdon Interior Designs, One Source Contracting, Poverni Sheikh Group, SETO Architects, Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork

Fleet Street Lofts, 3801 Fleet Street

J. Cole Builders, SETO Architects, Walid Hajj

The Fox Building, 3100 Falls Cliff Road

Alexander Design Studio, Carney Engineering Group, Henry Adams LLC, Macrostie Historic Advisors, Morris Ritchie & Associates, Red Sketch Landscape Architecture, The Time Group, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Recreation Bowling Alley Conversion, 602 N. Howard Street

ATI, Inc., Poverni Sheikh Group

Heritage Preservation Awards

Car 554 Restoration at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum

Baltimore Streetcar Museum

Baltimore City Historic Tax Credit Program

Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, Baltimore Department of Planning

Chinatown Collective

Ephrem Abebe, Daniel Ahn, Marisa Dobson, Julie Eugenio, Stephanie Hsu, Leandro Lagera, Robin Lee, Daniel Pham, Jamie Sumague

Enslaved at Homewood: Research, Exhibit & Programming

Homewood Museum

Preservation in Practice Program at Morgan State University

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, HOPE Crew – National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan State University, National Park Service, National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, The Peale Center

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Award recipients from the Peale Center, Morgan State University, and the National Trust’s HOPE Crew with board president Krista Green. June 13, 2019.

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Banners

C&D Design, Baltimore City Office of the Mayor, Preservation Society

Eutaw Manor and Furley Hall Signs at Herring Run Park

Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, Belair Edison Neighborhoods, Inc., Friends of Herring Run Parks, Herring Run Archaeology Project, Katie Mancher, Sarah Hope

Historic Sites of Industry in the Jones Falls Valley

Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance, P.J. Bogert Graphic Design, Preservation Maryland

Hosts

  • Cross Street Partners
  • City Life Historic Properties
  • Strong City Baltimore
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John Renner from Cross Street Partners welcoming people to the A. Hoen & Co. building. June 13, 2019.

Lead Sponsors

  • Agora, Inc.
  • Eastend Design Group
  • FreedomCar
  • GLB Concrete Construction
  • Lewis Contractors
  • PNC
  • Southway Builders
  • The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
  • Zeskind’s Hardware & Millwork
  • Co-Sponsors
  • AGM Financial Services
  • brennan + company architects
  • Discern Health
  • Gant Brunnett Architects
  • GWWO Architects
  • Roland Park Place
  • SM+P Architects
  • Terra Nova Ventures
  • Ziger|Snead Architects
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2019 June 13.

LGBTQ walking tour in Mount Vernon & 2019 Awards Celebration!

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, officers from the New York City Vice Squad raided the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village. A crowd of gay, lesbian, and transgender patrons and bystanders gathered and rose up in violent protest against city police’s harassment and abuse—marking a critical turning point in the nation’s struggle for LGBTQ rights. On June 28, 2019, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this historic milestone with our own tour of LGBTQ heritage in Baltimore. We hope you can join us for a Mount Vernon walking tour followed by happy hour at Flavor to discuss this important local and national history.

If more plants and less walking appeals to you, join us this Wednesday, June 12, for a behind-the-scenes look at the Rawlings Conservatory. We’ll go deep in the weeds (ahem!) as we explore this 1888 palace for plants modeled after London’s famous Kew Gardens.

Finally, if you haven’t already signed up for our 2019 Historic Preservation Awards Celebration coming up this Thursday June 13, you still have time to get your tickets! We’ll be celebrating the best work of the year at the former A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph Company building in East Baltimore. In addition to helping us congratulate this year’s award winners, you’ll get to explore this former industrial building during a once-in-a-lifetime transformation into new offices and training spaces.

— Johns Hopkins, Executive Director

Job Opportunity: Community Engagement and Communications Manager

We have a staff position open! We’re looking for a Community Engagement and Communications Manager to join us in our work to preserve and promote Baltimore’s historic places. Below is description of the position and how to apply. The application deadline is June 30, 2019

Pay & Benefits: $50,000 and $1,500 retirement plan match.

Applications Due: June 30, 2019

Start Date: September 3, 2019

Position Description

The Community Engagement and Communications Manager will lead Baltimore Heritage’s tours, educational programs, and outreach initiatives to engage people in our mission of protecting and promoting historic buildings and revitalizing historic neighborhoods in Baltimore City.

The manager is responsible for a range of community programs including planning historic walking and building tours, managing an annual micro-grant program for preservation projects, and working with volunteer contributors to publish stories about historic places to our Explore Baltimore Heritage website and app. The manager will also be responsible for sharing information about these programs and the broader work of the organization through Baltimore Heritage’s website, social media, and print communications.

This is a full time position (40 hours per week) reporting to the executive director. Work hours are typically 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with occasional evening and weekend requirements. The work will take place mostly at Baltimore Heritage’s office as well as locations throughout Baltimore City for meetings and program events.

Position Responsibilities

Education Programs

  • Heritage Tours Programs: Initiate tours at new sites by contacting potential building owners and tour guides, research and write tour descriptions and announcements, support volunteer guides and organizers, attend tours, and compile quarterly reports.
  • Preservation Micro-Grant Program: Promote micro grant program to prospective applicants, manage grant selection process, organize public event where final grants are selected and announced, work with grantees on follow-up stories.
  • Explore Baltimore Heritage Website & App: Draft occasional interpretive stories on historic places in the Baltimore area and edit and publish stories from volunteer contributors.
  • Bmore Historic unconference: Help coordinate a volunteer planning committee to organize an annual unconference at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Communications

  • Website: Periodically update Baltimore Heritage WordPress-based website.
  • Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Groups): Use social media to promote public programs and share announcements and information related to Baltimore Heritage and preservation in Baltimore. Social media responsibilities include moderating two Facebook groups—the Old House Forum for local historic homeowners and Bmore Historic for area preservationists and historians.

Administrative

  • Assist in organizing and staffing annual historic preservation awards event, annual membership renewal mailing, monthly board of directors meetings, and other fundraising and program efforts.
  • Assist in maintaining and updating member records.

Qualification and Skill Requirements

  • Interest in Baltimore and the city’s history, architecture, and people
  • Bachelor’s degree in historic preservation, history, urban planning, or a related field
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Experience researching local history or preparing National Register nominations
  • Ability to work with volunteers and community partners
  • Ability to work independently with good organization and time management skills
  • Familiarity with WordPress, GSuite (Docs, Slides, Sheets), Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe InDesign, and membership management tools (e.g. Salesforce, CiviCRM)

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and short (500 words or less) writing sample to Mr. Johns W. Hopkins, Executive Director, Baltimore Heritage: hopkins@baltimoreheritage.org.

For questions, contact Mr. Hopkins at 410-332-9992 or hopkins@baltimoreheritage.org.

About Baltimore Heritage

Baltimore Heritage is a city-wide non-profit historic preservation organization. Founded in 1960, it has two-full time staff positions, a 35 member board of directors, and dozens of volunteers. Baltimore Heritage operates in three primary areas: preservation advocacy for historic buildings and neighborhoods; education programs including an expansive Heritage Tours Program; and technical assistance to homeowners and building owners working to restore their historic buildings.

Entrance sign at Druid Hill Park with the Conservatory in the background.

Druid Hill Park in Focus: Join us for our bike and Rawlings Conservatory tours this June

We have more fun tours to share today but also some unfortunate news. Earlier this week, a surprise demolition took down two 1840s stone houses in the Woodberry neighborhood near Clipper Mill. The loss is particularly upsetting because it follows repeated assurances that the houses would be retained and incorporated into a new apartment building. Read our post on this issue to learn more about what we can do to ensure Baltimore’s historic places are valued and retained.

Now, if you’ve been in Baltimore for any amount of time, we hoped you’ve visited Druid Hill Park at least once or twice. This spring, we’re hoping you’ll spend a little time getting to know the park even better. On Saturday, June 8, we want you to take a ride on Druid Hill Park’s quiet back streets and paths to explore all the hidden nooks and crannies with Ralph Brown and Graham Coreil-Allen as your guides. Then, on the evening of Wednesday, June 12, we’re back at Druid Hill Park for a tour of the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory. Modeled after London’s famed Kew Gardens, we’ll learn about the past and present operation of this botanical oasis.

A group of volunteers searching for artifacts.
May 2019. Courtesy the The Herring Run Archaeology Project.

We’re also excited to share an invitation from local archaeologists Lisa Kraus and Jason Shellenhamer. Instead of the usual spring field season in Herring Run Park, you can find them in Fell’s Point next weekend, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, for a free public archaeology open house at the Caulker’s Houses on South Wolfe Street. We expect this archaeological investigation to turn up all kinds of stories and artifacts including connections to the 1840s and 1850s when the two wooden houses were home to a number of African American ship caulkers. Check out an update on what the dig has found so far over on the Herring Run Archaeology project website. It is a bit of an understatement to say that the houses are not universally accessible (no floors and barely-there stairs!) but, if you can’t go in, you can still see artifacts displayed on a table set up on the sidewalk.

Finally, you definitely don’t want to miss our 2019 Historic Preservation Awards Celebration on Thursday June 13! We’ll be celebrating the best work of the year at the former Hoen & Co. Lithograph Company building. In addition to helping us congratulate the award winners, you’ll get up close and inside and this former industrial building and see its transformation into new offices and training spaces.

An excavator sitting on top of the wreckage of a stone house.

Surprise demolition of stone houses in Woodberry is a breach of public trust

A breach of public trust. This is at the heart of yesterday’s demolition of two 1840s stone houses in Woodberry. We are shocked and angry to see the loss of these two buildings—and anxious to protect Woodberry’s historic buildings from more demolition.

Over the past year, Woodberry residents, City Councilman Leon Pinkett, and preservation organizations, including Baltimore Heritage and Preservation Maryland, rallied to protest initial plans for demolition, attended meetings, offered comments, and worked with the development team on a proposal to incorporate elements of the existing Clipper Road buildings into a proposed new apartment building. The developers presented this revised plan at a community meeting last fall and again in January 2019 at a public hearing before the city planning department’s Urban Design and Architectural Advisory Panel. Baltimore Heritage along with the community association, Councilman Pinkett, and others supported this compromise.

Two stone houses with boarded windows facing a narrow road
The stone houses at 3511 and 3523 Clipper Road before demolition, 2018 July 11. Baltimore Heritage

Then, yesterday morning, both stone houses were demolished without warning. After hearing the news, the architectural firm for the project, PI.KL Studio, resigned. The development partner, Mr. Christopher Mfume at CLD Partners, at first defended the demolitions then late yesterday announced that he had also left the project. The Baltimore Sun reported that the owner of the site, Woodberry Station LLC, and its resident agent Katherine Jennings could not be reached for comment.

We don’t want to see another loss like this one in Woodberry. We hope the neighborhood will seriously consider renewing efforts to work with the city Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and become a designated local historic district. Proposals to demolish or alter historic buildings within CHAP districts require review by CHAP staff and, often, the full CHAP commission. Most importantly, city law requires that these reviews take place before a demolition permit can be issued. Woodberry has considered becoming a CHAP district in the past, and Baltimore Heritage stands ready to assist if the neighborhood’s residents want to consider doing so again.