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Virtual Talk: Poole and Hunt to Clipper Mill, A History of Adaptive Use with Nathan Dennies

May 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Next up is Nathan Dennies with a short history about Clipper Mill in Woodberry, from the Poole & Hunt machine shop in the 1850s to today, and its many uses in-between.

Woodberry was once home to the largest machine shop and iron works in the country. Poole & Hunt thrived alongside the booming textile industry of the Jones Falls Valley. It grew and remained a site of heavy industry for well over a century, was later adapted by a flourishing arts community, and after a tragic fire, was transformed into Clipper Mill: a mixed use development that includes manufacturing, residences, design and engineering firms, fine dining, and more.

This presentation will cover the history of the Poole & Hunt Machine Shop and Iron Works, including the impressive things they made here, from the columns of the Capitol Building in Washington DC to contributions to both World War efforts. Discover how this site of heavy industry has changed over its 150 year history to meet the various needs of its users. And learn about the role of historic preservation in adapting historic sites for modern uses.