Please join us for our 2016 Historic Preservation Awards Celebration at the Green Street Academy, the 1925 former Gwynns Falls High School that has been wonderfully restored for a 21st century charter school. This year, we are honoring a wide range of projects from a humble historic trolley stop in Roland Park to a city automotive garage turned makerspace for start up manufacturers in Port Covington. From single family homes to large hotels and theaters, the array of projects speaks volumes to the quantity and quality of restoration work going on in Baltimore. Read the full list of award-winning projects.
This year’s celebration is generously supported by our 2016 title sponsors: PNC and The Agora.
Thank you also to our 2016 lead sponsors: FreedomCar; Gant Brunnett Architects; GLB Concrete Construction, Inc.; GWWO Inc./Architects; Lewis Contractors; Marks, Thomas Architects; Murdoch Smith Architects; Rohrer Studio; Roland Park Place; Southway Builders, Inc.; The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; and Ziger/Snead Architects. Finally, thank you to our 2016 supporting sponsors National Lumber Company; Hayles and Howe, Inc.; McLain Wiesand; Murphy and Dittenhafer; Penza Bailey Architects; and Terra Nova Ventures.
The celebration will take place on Thursday June 16, 2016 starting at 5:30 p.m. In addition to seeing the fantastic award-winning preservation work around Baltimore, we are offering guided tours so you can see first-hand how this 90-year-old school building now provides an innovative space for today’s students. And, of course, there will be plenty of good food and drink, and lots to celebrate.
We need your help to find the past year’s best preservation projects. Are you….
a homeowner who just finished a big restoration project? Or you know a neighbor who has?
a builder or architect who worked on a unique adaptive reuse project last year?
a volunteer with a community group preserving and celebrating historic places in Baltimore?
If you answered yes, then we want you to nominate your preservation project or heritage achievement for our 2016 Preservation Awards. Since 1961, we have given awards to hundreds of projects and people, from rowhouse renovations to brewery conversions, from authors of Baltimore history to civic groups saving our buildings and revitalizing our neighborhoods. We welcome nominations for projects large and small.
We keep our awards nomination process simple—all we need is a short description of the project or achievement, images, and names and contact information for the project partners. Learn more about our awards categories and review process then please send in your nomination today. Remember to make a nomination before our deadline on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. And don’t forget to stay tuned for the details on our annual awards celebration in June!
What historic places have you seen restored in your neighborhood in the past year? Are you a home-owner celebrating the end of a jaw-dropping rehabilitation project? Or the architect behind an inspired example of adaptive reuse? We need your help to nominate Baltimore’s best in preservation projects and heritage achievements for our 2015 Historic Preservation Awards.
We launched our awards program in 1961 and,over the past fifty years, we have recognized close to 300 projects—everything from the rehabilitation of Seton Hill rowhouses to the amazing effort to save the American Brewery. In 2014, our awards celebration honored sixteen projects reflecting the work of over 100 individuals and local firms.
Take a look at our guidelines for more information about our awards categories and review process. Our nomination form is intended to be simple and easy – requiring only a short narrative about the project or achievement, images (before and after photographs are encouraged for all bricks-and-mortar project), and names and contact information for all project partners. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 6, 2015 for consideration by our review committee.
In partnership with the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, we are glad to present a new series of walking tours exploring the rich history and architecture of one of Baltimore’s true treasures – Mount Vernon Place. Each month this fall, we’ll be meeting on the south side of the Washington Monument and leading a short tour around new theme – the history of the park squares, the fight to preserve Mount Vernon Place in the face of urban renewal, and the hidden histories of slavery and emancipation.
When the four squares of Mount Vernon Place were laid out in 1831, George Washington had only sat at the top of the monument for a few years and locals still knew the neighborhood as Howard’s Woods for the forested country estate that long occupied the hills north of the harbor. As the city grew up around the parks, their design was shaped by two luminaries in landscape architecture: Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. contracted in 1876 to carry out improvements to the north and south squares and the architectural firm of Carrère & Hastings who designed the parks’ handsome Beaux Arts fountains, stairs and balustrades in 1917.
Since 2008, the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy has been working on a new vision to restore and maintain the parks as renewed world-class urban spaces. On our first Mount Vernon Place walking tour this fall, we’ll share nearly 200 years of history in these four squares and consider their promising future.
Mount Vernon Place: Architecture, Urban Renewal & Preservation
Far removed from the city’s bustling harbor, Mount Vernon Place developed as an affluent suburb in the mid 19th century. It was home to men like William Walters, a successful wholesale merchant whose legacy helped to establish the Walters Art Museum, and Robert Garrettt II, the first born son and heir of John Work Garrett, the founder of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Robert and his wife Mary Frick Garrett made the perfect high society couple and engaged architect Stanford White to turn an already grand townhouse into a palatial 40-room mansion.
With such a distinguished history and stylish architecture, it is hard to believe that the neighborhood narrowly avoided being flattened for the development of an east-west highway in the 1960s and the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion itself was lucky to escape demolition in the face of urban renewal. On our second Mount Vernon Place walking tour this fall, we’ll highlight the rich architecture around the Squares and how preservationists saved these unique blocks from destruction.
Mount Vernon Place: Stories of Slavery & Emancipation
Around Mount Vernon Place, memorials in bronze and marble honor slave-holders – George Washington, John Eager Howard, and Roger B. Taney. No statute recognizes the labor of the enslaved people who worked and lived in the neighborhood’s handsome antebellum houses. No plaque recalls Frederick Douglass’ response to Taney’s notorious Dred Scott decision – “All that is merciful and just, on earth and in Heaven, will execrate and despise this edict of Taney” – or preserves the stories of men like Richard Mack, born into slavery and employed as a butler in a the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion at the turn of the century.
The stories of slavery and emancipation on Mount Vernon Place are far from simple, however, including the monument to the Marquis de Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution who personally urged George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to emancipate their slaves and abolish slavery in the United States. On our third and final Mount Vernon Place walking tour this fall, we’ll uncover the lives of enslaved people and slave-owners with stories from violent politics of the Civil War and the revolutionary changes of emancipation.
Tickets are $10 per person for adults and free for children under the age of 16. All tours proceed rain or shine and advance registration is encouraged.
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.
Every 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