This two-hour bus tour explores a selection of historic industrial properties around southwest Baltimore. We'll visit success stories like the C.L. McCoy Framing Company, vacant landmarks like the Eigenbrot Brewery, and highlight the potential for historic industrial buildings to help create new jobs and economic opportunities for Baltimore residents. The tour will be followed by a one-hour lunch and discussion at Montgomery Park with guest speakers Bill Cole (Baltimore Development Corporation), Ilana Preuss (Recast City), and Kurt Sommer (Baltimore Integration Partnership).
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.