Update: The March 8 auction was cancelled. Look out for additional updates on the development of this building when we have more information available.
The former Home of the Friendless, an 1870 orphanage located at 1313 Druid Hill Avenue in Upton, is up for sale in a foreclosure auction scheduled for this Thursday, March 8 at 12:00 p.m. Two years ago, Baltimore Housing awarded the building to local developer AZ Group through the Vacants to Value Surplus Property Sale. Unfortunately, while the building was approved for state historic tax credits last year, the plan to convert the 13,300-square-foot building into seventeen apartments never found the financing required for rehabilitation work to begin.
With this new sale, we’re hoping the building finds a new developer that recognizes the importance of this West Baltimore landmark and find a way to bring it back to life. Learn more about the auction by Melnick Auctioneers or see photographs of the Home of the Friendless on Flickr.
One of Baltimore’s premier artisan plaster studios, Hayles & Howe Ornamental Plasterwork and Scagliola, is currently working on a remarkable project: the restoration of ornate moldings and ceiling elements from Philadelphia’s historic Metropolitan theater. Please join us for a rare chance to see these craftspeople in action!
If you gravitate more towards fantastic architecture, join us on our Blending Gothic and Modern on a Massive Scale where will explore the rich details of the Cathedral of Mary our Queen (the third largest cathedral in the country!) on Thursday, March 15.
Finally, don’t forget to stop by the Hampden library tonight for a talk by Nathan Dennies on how Poole & Hunt became Clipper Mill! I hope to see you there.
If you’re able to spend a day in Annapolis, we also hope to see you tomorrow at the 2018 Maryland History Advocacy Day organized by Preservation Maryland. We need Baltimore’s residents to speak up to support funding for key preservation programs like the state historic tax credit and the Maryland Heritage Area program.
A lot of great preservation work happened in Baltimore last year. Local developers fixed up historic buildings, neighbors volunteered as tour guides, and architects made plans for remarkable restorations. Please help us discover all the great preservation work that took place in 2017 and all the people behind it! We need your nominations for Baltimore Heritage’s annual preservation awards and we are accepting submissions through Wednesday, February 14. Please send us a nomination today! Self nominations are welcome.
Our awards recognize preservation work of all varieties. Our Heritage Achievement Awards honor people who have made a contribution to Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.
Do you have a friend who is tireless in promoting their historic neighborhood? Did you write a book on Baltimore history or architecture? Or volunteer with a local heritage nonprofit? Our Heritage Achievement Awards seek to recognize people and organizations that support, protect, and celebrate historic places.
Our Preservation Project Awards honor owners, architects, contractors, and craftspeople who have recently completed brick-and-mortar projects, from restoring a historic rowhouse to creating new spaces in a former brewery or factory. We know that preservation work comes in all sizes and often requires a whole team of people, from developers and architects to masons, plumbers, and electricians. When we give out awards, we want to recognize all the people who make a rehab project happen!
We are accepting nominations up untilWednesday February 14, 2018 so send in your nomination or help spread the word! Thank you for helping us recognize Baltimore’s heritage stewards. Stay tuned for details on our annual awards celebration this spring.