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June 2017

How do you move a thousand-ton Mid-century Modern building? Tour Goucher’s Dorm Moving Project in Action

June 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Register

In one of the largest efforts of its kind, Goucher College is currently moving three twelve-hundred-ton Mid-Century Modern dorm buildings across its campus. Each building is approximately one hundred feet long, forty feet wide and thirty-five feet tall. The work crews are now jacking them up and putting them on wheels to roll across the campus, soon to be used again for student housing. We have a small window of opportunity to witness part of this massive move in action and to get some insight from the project’s engineers on how in the world it is possible to move such large historic stone buildings. Please join us and two hosts from the college, Mr. Terence McCann, director of facilities, and Dr. Thomas Walker, director of Goucher’s historic preservation program, on this one-hour interactive tour.

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August 2017

Orianda House at the Crimea Estate

August 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Register
Orianda House, 1901 Eagle Drive
Baltimore, MD 21207 United States
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A green-tinted photograph of a large stone house with overlaid white text reading: "Orianda House at the Crimea Estate"

Boasting magnificent porches, high ceilings, and signature stonework, the 1856 Orianda House stood at the center of the extensive estate of Thomas Winans and his French-Russian wife Celeste Louise Revillon. Winans, chief engineer of the Russian Railway between Moscow and St. Petersburg, built this summer home on a hundred acres of land at the western edge of Baltimore. Please join us, our hosts from the nonprofit Outward Bound that leases the building, and Mr. Rick Smith, director of the Friends of Orianda House, on a tour of this grand mid-nineteenth century summer home.

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September 2017

“My Own Two Hands”: A Birthday Tour of the H.L. Mencken House

September 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Register
H.L. Mencken House, 1524 Hollins Street
Baltimore, MD 21223 United States
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A red brick rowhouse with white marble steps and trim.

Henry Louis Mencken wrote that his house on Hollins Street was “as much a part of me as my own two hands,” and his personality can be seen in everything from the parquet floors to the garden tiles. We’re celebrating Mencken’s birthday this year with a visit to his Union Square house. Please join us and our partners the Baltimore National Heritage Area and Friends of the H.L. Mencken House for some wine and cheese, a tour of the house, and an update on plans for restoring and reopening the building.

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One Year Later: Ellicott City After the Flood

September 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am | Register
Ellicott City Railroad Station, 2711 Maryland Avenue
Ellicott City, MD 21043 United States
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Two men standing in the street; one is pointing and the other is holding a tape measure.

On July 30, 2016, Ellicott City’s historic main street was devastated by a catastrophic flood that destroyed four historic buildings and significantly damaged twenty more. A little over a year later, businesses are again open and people are again shopping and dining. Please join us and our partners from Preservation Maryland on a one-hour walking tour to learn about the flood and the recovery efforts.

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October 2017

Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

October 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am | Register
Colorized postcard of people standing around market stalls in front of the Lexington Market shed building.

If you haven’t been to Lexington Market in a while, or even if you’re a regular there, we hope you’ll join us on a tour of this iconic Baltimore place with Market Manager Stacey Pack to learn about recent changes and plans for the future of the market. Along the tour, we will talk with the owners of Faidley’s, Berger’s, Konstant’s Candy, and other vendors that have been in their stalls for 100 years or more. We will also go down and explore the catacombs under the marketplace, getting a first-hand look at these mysterious spaces that are normally closed to the public.

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