Preservation & Revitalization in West Baltimore

Baltimore Heritage is working to connect historic preservation and community revitalization in historic West Baltimore neighborhoods, focused around the US 40 corridor, proposed for the development of the Red Line light rail route. Learn more about preservation and the Red Line or explore other preservation issues in West Baltimore.

About our West Baltimore Preservation Program

Baltimore Heritage launched a special initiative in 2009 to focus on preservation and revitalization in West Baltimore neighborhoods. Major outcomes of this effort include:

  • Race and Place in Baltimore Neighborhoods (2010) – a Maryland Humanities Council-funded tour series in Upton, Greater Rosemont and Sharp Leadenhall.
  • Friends of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum (2010 – ongoing) – an advocacy initiative launched with support from the Coppin Heights CDC, Preservation Maryland, the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to advocate for preservation of the nation’s oldest Jewish orphanage.
  • Friends of West Baltimore Squares (2011 – ongoing) – a partnership with West Baltimore residents and the Parks & People Foundation to promote park use and stewardship in West and Southwest Baltimore.
  • Landmarks on the Red Line (2012-2014) – a series of digital tours and print publications developed in partnership with community groups from Poppleton to Edmondson Village.
  • National Register Historic District designations for the Edmondson Avenue Historic District (2010), Midtown Edmondson (expected 2014) and Edmondson Village (expected 2014).
  • National Register Individual Landmark designations for the Hebrew Orphan Asylum (2010) and the American Ice Company (2013).
  • Historic Tax Credit Workshops (ongoing) – an expanded historic tax credit workshop program with partners including the Druid Heights CDC, Bon Secours Community Works, and others.

In addition, this program has also enabled us to offer technical assistance and support on preservation issues to the Red Line Station Area Advisory Committees, West Baltimore neighborhood associations, property-owners and home-owners.


Primary support for this initiative came from the National Trust for Historic Preservation Partners in the Field program, the Baltimore Neighborhoods Collaborative, and PNC Bank.