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Doors Open Baltimore 2014

On Saturday, October 25, Baltimore Architecture Month will host the first ever Doors Open Baltimore — a free, one day event which introduces people to buildings which they may travel pass, but almost never have the opportunity to enter. ‘Open house’ days take place in cities across the world to promote heritage and enhance public appreciation of architecture and the built environment around us, and we’re proud to be bringing Doors Open to Baltimore!

This year’s theme will be Industrial Baltimore. Through this theme, we invite the public to learn more about buildings connected to Baltimore’s industrial heritage and continuing legacy, and to showcase industrial buildings now adapted to new uses. Dozens of locations around the city—from buildings in Locust Point to Mount Washington—will be participating.

In addition to opening their doors, many sites will be offering special programs for visitors, such as guided tours. To kick off Doors Open Baltimore, Tom Liebel, FAIA, LEED fellow, will be giving a free lecture at the Baltimore Design School about Industrial Baltimore. Mr. Liebel is the author of Images of America: Industrial Baltimore (Arcadia Publishing: 2006). The lecture will be held on October 23, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. After the lecture, there will be a reception and book signing.

Historical background for each site will be provided by Baltimore Heritage through Explore Baltimore Heritage app allowing people to learn about each location on their smartphone as they participate in the event. Participants can also share their experience and photographs with the hashtag #DoorsOpenBaltimore.

Free Fall Baltimore is made possible by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and the generous contributions of BGE, The Abell Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, American Trading & Production Corporation (Atapco), The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, and the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Charitable Funds.

Photos: Exploring Industrial Heritage in Woodberry for Doors Open Baltimore 2014

Thank you to the nearly 500 people came out and participated in Doors Open Baltimore 2014 tours this past weekend. Congratulations to AIA Baltimore on an exciting first year and we are excited to continue our partnership for Doors Open Baltimore in 2015. In thehistoric mill village of Woodberry, the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance offered a full day of walking tours led by Nathan Dennies including stops at Clipper Mill and Union Mill. Participants had the chance to pick up the brand-new Greater Hampden History Tour brochure available now along the Avenue.

Don’t miss the chance to meet other history-lovers and preservationists in the Hampden area at the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance holiday celebration on December 12!

10 Light Street Detail

Doors Open Guided Bus Tour

We enjoy getting a chance to peek inside dozens of great buildings during the annual Doors Open Baltimore event so much that this year we’re teaming up with event sponsors the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and AIA Baltimore to host a guided bus tour to explore five of the featured places in depth. Join preservation architect Tom Liebel, who also chairs the city’s historic preservation commission, as we hop from site to site and learn what makes these places fantastic. Sites include Cathedral of Mary our Queen, the Shuler Studio, St. Ignatius Church, and 10 Light Street, perhaps Baltimore’s grandest Art Deco building.

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Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial at our Fall Lecture Join us for our fall lecture and the Doors Open Baltimore bus tour

America’s national parks have been called the best idea our country has ever had. The National Park System includes hundreds of parks and millions of acres—everything from small urban parks to great expanses of wilderness. This year their chief steward, the National Park Service, turns 100 years old. Please join us for a discussion of how the Park Service grew from a small office in 1916 into today’s force for preserving natural and cultural heritage. Our speaker, Ms. Joy Beasley, is the National Park Service’s Deputy Associate Director for Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science, the agency’s designated Federal Preservation Officer, and luckily for us is also a Baltimorean.

The talk is on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 pm with a wine and cheese reception following. Our host is the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, a historic treasure of its own.

Doors Open Bus Tour on October 22

Doors Open Baltimore

We enjoy getting a chance to peek inside dozens of great buildings during the annual Doors Open Baltimore event so much that this year we’re teaming up with event sponsors the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and AIA Baltimore to host a guided bus tour to explore five of the featured places in depth. Join preservation architect Tom Liebel, who also chairs the city’s historic preservation commission, as we hop from site to site on a journey down Charles Street and learn what makes these places fantastic.

Free parking is available at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. The member rate for this tour is available for members of Baltimore Heritage, Baltimore Architecture Foundation, and AIA Baltimore.

Don’t forget that you can learn more about Doors Open Baltimore sites with our Explore Baltimore Heritage tour. You can also download the recently updated Explore Baltimore Heritage app for iOS or Android.

10 Light Street Detail

Doors Open Baltimore bus tour and Baltimore’s beer brewing history by bike Don’t miss the new date for our 2016 Fall Lecture

We still have a few seats open on our Doors Open Baltimore Bus Tour this Saturday, October 22 and we’d love to have you come along. From 9:30 am to noon, we’ll visit four fantastic historic buildings with architect and preservation commission chair Tom Liebel. The stops include the cavernous Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, the sculptor’s paradise Schuler Studio, St. Ignatius Church and its glorious architecture, and 10 Light Street, perhaps Baltimore’s grandest Art Deco building.

Of course, these are just a few of the over fifty sites you can see during Doors Open Baltimore this Saturday. Be sure to check out our Explore Baltimore Heritage tour to learn more about the history and architecture of these landmark buildings.

We also wanted to let you know: our 2016 Fall Lecture celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service is rescheduled to from Thursday, November 3 to Wednesday, November 2. The talk by Ms. Joy Beasley, the Park Service’s Deputy Director for Cultural Resources, still starts at 7:00 pm (with a wine and cheese reception following) and is still at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. We hope you can join us to hear how the National Park Service has changed how it manages some of our country’s most precious cultural resources over the last century and what it is planning for the next one.

Finally, if you can ride a bike, we hope you can join us on the morning of Saturday, October 29, 2016 for a pedaling tour of all things beer. From Baltimore’s Barnitz Brewery in 1748 to today’s Union Craft Brewery in Hampden, we’ll get a little exercise and learn about our city’s rich brewing history. The tour will start and end at Union Craft Brewery.