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We’re in our 5th year of giving away micro-grants to help fund preservation work in the city. If you have a good idea to help preserve a historic building or place in Baltimore or help revitalize a historic neighborhood, we’d love to hear from you! The process is easy: simply fill out the online application and hit send by Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
We’ll pick the five most promising ideas and give them a chance for one of two $500 grants, two $250 grants, or one $50 grant. The awards will be made on October 22, 2020 at a virtual pitch party. Over Zoom, supporters of each idea will get three minutes to pitch them and at the end, the crowd will cast virtual ballots to decide which ideas receive the micro grants. Whether funded or not, we will promote all the ideas and projects to help them garner attention and volunteers.
The types of eligible projects are endless, and as long as they relate to Baltimore’s history, heritage, historic buildings or historic neighborhoods we will consider them. Past award winners include: restoring leaking masonry at a historic church, launching an after school arts-based safe space program in a historic neighborhood, supporting archaeological efforts at a historic furnace, and providing supplies for a community trying to provide access to a neighboring park. The sky’s the limit!
The amount of the award ($50, $250, or $500) may not be enough to complete an entire project. That’s OK. The goal is to help spark new and support existing neighborhood-level preservation work. You don’t need to be a nonprofit organization or even a formalized group to be eligible. Individuals and small groups are welcome! Complete rules can be found on the application.
On behalf of all of us at Baltimore Heritage, we would like to congratulate the winners of our 2020 Historic Preservation Awards. These people and their work are saving some of Baltimore’s most important historic places and transforming our city’s neighborhoods. Thank you!
We had been planning an in-person celebration for June to recognize the winners, but are canceling it because of the coronavirus. We are still thinking through how to celebrate this year’s awardees virtually and please stay tuned for that. In the meantime, take a look at the list below and if you know any of them, please reach out and say congratulations. They deserve it.
*If you were part of an award-winning project, and you were not listed below, please let us know.
Restoration and Rehabilitation Awards:
113 West Ostend Street
Mr. Joshua Parker
Labyrinth Properties LLC
Cole Builders LLC
421 George Street
Matthew and Megan Strott
500 South Ann Street Store Front
David H. Gleason Associates
Contraction Administration Services
2318 Mount Royal Terrace
3840 Bank Street
Urban Design Group LLC
Beth Am Synagogue
Beth Am Synagogue
Alexander Design Studio
Red Sketch Landscape Architecture
Colbert, Matz Rosenfelt, Inc
Acoustical Design Collaborative, LTD
Henry Adams, LLC
CapEx Advisory Group
Clifton Mansion Dining Room
Thomas Moore Studio
Vincent Greene Architects
Friends of Clifton Mansion
H.L. Mencken House and Museum
Society to Preserve H.L. Mencken’s Legacy, Inc.
Azola Building Rehab, Inc.
Baltimore National Heritage Area
Baltimore City Department of General Services
Baltimore Office of the Mayor
Washington Place Equities
Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation
P & E Engineering & Consulting, LLC
JLR Design Consultants, Inc.
Johns Hopkins University Maryland Hall Cupola
Johns Hopkins University
Adaptive Reuse and Compatible Design Awards:
Hoen & Co Lithograph
2101 East Biddle LLC
Cross Street Partners
City Life Historic Properties
1200 Architectural Engineers Pllc
Kovacs Whitney & Associates
James Posey Associates STV, Inc
Michael S. Walkley, P.A.
Froehling & Robertson, Inc
Urban Green Environmental
Betty Bird & Associates LLC
EHT Traceries Historic Preservation
Cohn Reznick LLP
Reinvestment Fund (TRF)
H. J. Poist Gas Co
C. L McCoy Framing Co, Inc.
City First Bank
Department of Commerce
U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
City First New Markets Fund II, LLC
National Trust Community Investment Corp
Ace Environmental Services, Inc
SHE Excavating, Inc
English Concrete, Inc
D.A. Drenner Concrete Construction, Inc
Quiet Floors Systems LLC
Elite Restoration of Maryland
Worcester Eisenbrandt, Inc.
Neuner Masonry Company Inc
Wilson Point Steel, Inc.
Majer Metal Works
North American Roofing
CNC Roofing LLC
Fullview Aluminum & Glass
Revolution Windows Systems
Tegeler Construction & Supply
Unified Door & Hardward Group, LLC
CEV Building Systems LTD
Eastwood Painting & Contracting, Inc
Polished Concrete Systems, Inc.
Livingston Fire Protection Inc.
Scaffold Resources LLC
Fidelity Mechanical Services
Benchmark Automation & Controls
Fleet Electric Inc.
Kevson Services Group
Ministry of Brewing
St. Michael’s Redevelopment Partners
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
F.M. Harvey Construction Co., Inc
Special Recognition for Once-in-a-Lifetime Restoration and Rehabilitation Work:
Center for Health Care and Healthy Living at the Baltimore Hebrew Orphan Asylum
Ballard Spahr LLC
Baltimore City Health Department
Behavioral Health System of Baltimore
C.L. McCoy Framing Co.
Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation
Cross Street Partners
Waldon Studios Architects
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Beyer Blinder Belle
Ayers Saint Gross
Sustainable Building Partners
Cerami & Associates
Baltimore Department of General Services
Heritage Preservation Awards:
Henry Holt Hopkins, for leadership in restoring the Washington Monument, Clifton Mansion, and the Clifton Gardener’s Cottage
Charlie Duff, for helping us understand Baltimore’s historic and contemporary development through his book North Atlantic Cities
Doors Open Baltimore, for helping thousands of people appreciate Baltimore’s historic places through its annual Doors Open Baltimore event
Dr. Gary Rodwell, for dedication to completing the renovation of the Baltimore Hebrew Orphan Asylum and commitment to revitalizing historic communities in West Baltimore
Douglas Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award:
David H. Gleason, FAI
David Gleason has been a preservation leader in Baltimore for over 50 years, including serving on the board of directors of Baltimore Heritage, as president of the Fell’s Point Preservation Society, as a commissioner at CHAP, as a volunteer in efforts to preserve neighborhoods like Lafayette Square and Market Center, and in countless historic restoration projects he undertook as a professional architect.
We at Baltimore Heritage are pleased to be helping neighbors in the Woodberry community protect this wonderful 19th century mill town and we are asking for your help. The neighborhood is on the cusp of being designated an official local historic district and one of its signature historic buildings, the Tractor Building of the former Pool and Hunt Foundry and Machine Works, is in line to become a designated city landmark.
Both efforts need public support to get the green light from the Mayor and City Council. Please help us by sending an email to the local councilman, Leon Pinkett, thanking him for his past support for Woodberry and urging him to do all he can in the weeks ahead. The historic mills, workers houses, general store, and other buildings are a treasure for all of Baltimore (we believe for all of Maryland and beyond), and even if you are not in Councilman Pinkett’s district (Council District 7), contacting him will help.
At our annual preservation micro-grant event in October, Baltimore Heritage gave archaeologist Adam Fracchia $250 to help with his archaeological exploration of the lives of enslaved people and convict labor at the ruins of the former Northampton furnace iron foundry (near Hampton Mansion). The project has already yielded many fascinating results! Please enjoy our guest blog post by Dr. Fracchia (firstname.lastname@example.org) below.
In December of 2019, the first season of the Northampton Furnace Archaeology Project came to a successful conclusion. The Project’s goals were to better understand and document the lives of the convicts, indentured servants, and the enslaved peoples forced to work at the iron furnace operated by the Ridgley family from 1762 to the late 1820s. The iron furnace, which produced pig iron and cast iron including cannons and shot used in the Revolutionary War, generated the Ridgley’s great wealth and supported their lavish lifestyle.
The archaeological field school operated through the University of Delaware, Newark, sought to find material evidence of their lives that would add these workers to the history and narrative of the Hampton plantation. Starting in August, the students and I began a field survey of the furnace landscape. They documented and mapped different features on this industrial landscape such as the earthen dam, quarries, the furnace, outbuildings, and structures.
Through the excavation of shovel test pits, the students surveyed a large area where workers were believed to have lived. Five test units were also excavated around the remains of a structure that may have dated to the period of the furnace. The students were able to document these structures below the surface and map and describe the different soil strata that detail the history of the site. Some artifacts were found dating to the furnace period. Evidence was also found of the farm that post-dated the furnace and was in operation until the flooding and creation of the Loch Raven Reservoir in the early twentieth century.
The students presented their preliminary findings to the public at Hampton NHS in December and the analysis of the archaeological data is currently ongoing. Much of the landscape of the furnace is buried or hidden under the later farm or is more ephemeral. The Project seeks an external contractor to conduct a higher resolution LIDAR scan of the core furnace area. This detailed scan of the elevation would allow us to better locate structures, such as the log houses, where the workers may have been living. This project is just the beginning of an effort to detail the lives of the workers at the furnace. We sincerely thank Baltimore Heritage for their support and encouragement with this project.
For more information, check out the project’s blog!