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Secretary of Interior Salazar Focuses on Women’s History in Baltimore

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center

On Tuesday, the Secretary of the Department of Interior Ken Salazar celebrated Women’s History Month with an appearance in downtown Baltimore at the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, just one week before Baltimore Heritage’s Behind the Scenes Tour there (Saturday March 31, 2-3 pm).  Joined by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Judge and First Lady Katie O’Malley, Secretary Salazar noted a serious underrepresentation of historic sites associated with women’s history, and articulated a vision for getting more of these places designated as National Historic Landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In one example, the Secretary noted that of the country’s National Historic Landmarks, a designation that the Department of Interior bestows on buildings with the highest level of national significance, only 4% are places with significance to women’s heritage.

As the Secretary of the Department of Interior, Mr. Salazar oversees numerous agencies that are responsible for heritage sites, including the National Park Service that manages the National Register of Historic Places and the National Historic Landmark program.  In his vision for the near future, Secretary Salazar said that as the National Park Service gears up to celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2016, he is committed to launching a national dialogue over women’s heritage sites to create a blue print for how to bring these to a higher level of prominence and visibility.

Citing Maryland as a national leader in the role of state governments to promote women’s heritage, the Secretary also said that he is committed to more full federal funding for State Historic Preservation Offices as a way to  make sure that smaller places and ones with more local significance also receive assistance.

Baltimore Heritage will wrap up Women’s History Month with a tour of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center on Saturday, March 31.  The tour is from 2-3 pm at the Center: 39 West Lexington Street, in the historic former BG&E Building.  The cost is $10.  Register online today.

St. John’s Has Left the Building: Congregation Puts Church Up For Sale

Mary Valle writing for the Baltimore Fishbowl shared a thoughtful reflection on St. John’s Mt. Washington Episcopal Church and their decision to put their 1928 Romanesque Revival church on the market for $1.8 million. St. John’s Has Left the Building: Congregation Puts Church Up For Sale:

Like many congregations, St. John’s was faced with a gigantic, resource-eating building that swallowed more of its endowment every year. Senior Warden (that’s like being the chair of a board of directors) Sara Fawcett-Lee said that, when she took the job seven years ago, the outgoing Warden told her that the church was going to have to be sold. The vestry (which is like a nonprofit board: members are nominated and elected, serve specific terms and follow bylaws) decided to offer the building for rent, and when no renters came, put it up for sale.

Congratulations to Baltimore’s 2013 Historic Preservation Award Winners!

Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for our 2013 Preservation Awards Celebration at Mill No. 1. We owe a special thanks to our event sponsor PNC Bank and to our host Terra Nova Ventures whose tremendous rehabilitation of the historic Mt. Vernon Mill Company No. 1 was a highlight of the evening.

1009297_10152946930315650_197939040_oEvery year we have the pleasure of honoring a host of projects and individuals for a diverse range of exceptional restorations, thoughtful adaptive reuse projects, and leadership within Baltimore’s preservation community. This year was no different, as we recognized the meticulous restoration of the Basilica of the Assumption, the inspiring rehabilitation of the former David Bachrach House in Reservoir Hill, and the adaptive reuse of the historic Morgan Millwork Company as the MICA Graduate Studio Center. We were especially glad to present Ms. Kathleen Kotarba with the Douglas H. Gordon Award for Lifetime Achievement for over 30 years of service to historic preservation through her work with the Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation and well beyond.

If you couldn’t join us last month you can find a gallery of photos from the event on Flickr or on our Facebook page. Read on for the full list of award winners and join us in celebrating the businesses and individuals who have contributed to these important accomplishments in historic preservation. Stay tuned for more updates over the summer profiling each award-winning project!

Restoration and Rehabilitation Award

Basilica of the National Shine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Archdiocese of Baltimore, Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Lewis Contractors, Keast & Hood Company, Alan Gilbert Photography

1515 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore Home Rentals, David H. Gleason Associates, Inc.

106 South Gilmore Street
Urban Design

1711 Guilford Avenue
Mr. Umar Moulta-Ali

The Linden House
The Women’s Housing Coalition, Episcopal Housing Corp., K. Lechleiter Architects, Southway Builders, Peristyle LLC, Clifton Company LLC, T&D Plumbing and Heating Co., A-L Abatement, Inc., C.L. McCoy Framing Co., John H. Myer & Son, Inc., Western Cary Building Products, Tri-County Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc., Chesapeake Siding Contractors, Inc., Walbrook Mill and Lumber, Zeskind’s Hardware and Millwork, Shenandoah Sash and Door, Inc., Carpentry & Hardware Services, Inc., Novo Construction, Healthy Neighborhoods

400 Block of East Oliver Street
TRF Development Partners, O’Connell and Associates

St. Mary’s Chapel at Paca Street
Associated Sulpicians of the United States, Kann Partners, Lewis Contractors, Thomas Moore Studios, Giorgini Construction

Adaptive Reuse and Compatible Design Award

Everyman Theater
Everyman Theater, Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Lewis Contractors, Theatre Projects Consultants, James Posey Associates, Inc., Keast & Hood Company, Gower Thompson, Shen Milsom Wilke, Inc., Dunlop Lighting Design, Alan Gilbert Photography

MICA Graduate Studio Center
Maryland Institute College of Art, Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Whiting Turner, James Posey Associates, Morabito Consultants, Gower Thompson, Lazarus Design Associates

Heritage Preservation Award

Monsignor Arthur W. Bastress
For the preservation and stewardship of St. Alphonsus Church

Douglas H. Gordon Award

Ms. Kathleen Kotarba
For over thirty years of service and leadership for historic preservation in Baltimore

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