Tag: North Avenue

Guilford Apartments on E. North Avenue up for auction on January 28

An early 20th century apartment building at 231-233 E. North Avenue is up for auction on January 28—presenting an important opportunity for continued investment in the historic Greenmount West neighborhood. In the past few years, public art from the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, developers fixing up landmarks like The Centre Theatre and the Chesapeake Restaurant, and the hard work of neighborhood residents with the New Greenmount West Community Association have combined into a unique example of how arts, culture and historic preservation can support community development.

231-233 E. North Avenue, 2015 November 15
231-233 E. North Avenue, 2015 November 15

Formerly known as the Guilford Apartments, 233 E. North Avenue dates back to 1902 when the Guilford Avenue Construction Company awarded a $23,000 construction contract to builder C.S.M. Williamson. In the 1900s and 1910s, developers erected small to mid-sized apartment buildings across central and north Baltimore including the nearby Preston Apartment House (1902) at Guilford Avenue and Preston Street and The Walbert (1907) on Charles Street. The 1880s rowhouse next door at 231 E. North Avenue remained a single-family home up through the 1910s but was converted into an office by 1953.

Twenty years ago, the owner of the building received approval to expand from 22 apartments to 40 for a senior housing project. The effort stalled with little progress and, in 2012, a new developer won support from the Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals to turn the vacant building into nineteen apartments. According to the auctioneer, the owner then gutted the interior preparing to start construction but could not complete the project.

233 E. North Avenue from Guilford Avenue, 2015 November 15
233 E. North Avenue from Guilford Avenue, 2015 November 15

On Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm, 231-233 E. North Avenue is up for auction and we hope the building is rehabilitated and offers a welcome home for new neighbors in the Greenmount West community. The starting bid is for the property is $175,000 and property taxes are $4,465.12 (2015-2016). Thanks to the building’s location within the North Central National Register Historic District, a project at this building could be eligible for the Baltimore City Historic Tax Credit program—check out our tax credit guide for more information. Plans are also available:

Learn more about the 231-233 E. North Avenue from Ashland Auction. For questions or more information, contact auctioneer Adam Shpritz by phone at 410-365-3595 (cell) or 410-488-3124 (office) or by email at adam@ashlandauction.com. Pr-bid offers are accepted by phone at 410-488-3124 or by email to adam@ashlandauction.com.

Lights, Camera, Restoration! Behind the Scenes at the Centre Theater on North Avenue

From its opening in 1939, Morris A. Mechanic’s Centre Theater building on North Avenue has been a hub of activity as the home of a movie theater, WFBR radio and the Equitable Trust Company. Today Jubilee Baltimore is finishing an $18 million restoration project that will turn the abandoned building into space for the film programs at The Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art, and neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations. Please join us and Jubilee director Charlie Duff on a tour of this great new addition in the Station North neighborhood a few months before it opens to the public.

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Automobiles to Artists: A Pre-Rehab Tour of the Motor House

120 West North Avenue has sold everything from Desoto and Willy automobiles to office furniture. It is now on the brink of a major renovation project to provide a café, gallery, and artist space for the burgeoning Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Please join us and our hosts from BARCO on this pre-rehab tour.

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Barclay by Foot: Revitalization in the Making

Photograph of Barclay & East 20th Street, courtesy Jennifer A. Ferretti, March 3, 2014.

With Victorian houses, tree-lined streets, and an active development scene, the Barclay neighborhood between the original campus of Goucher College and North Avenue is on the rebound. Ms. Jenny Hope of the Telesis Corporation, which is leading the way rehabbing historic homes, will lead a tour of this neighborhood in transition.

Learn more about all our 2014 Baltimore by Foot tours!

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Photos: Behind the Scenes at the Parkway Theater

Special thanks to photographer Amy Davis for sharing her photographs from our recent tour of the Parkway Theater with Jed Dietz, Director of the Maryland Film Festival. Amy has been documenting historic movie houses around the city her upcoming book, “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters.”

Parkway Theater, March 26, 2014. Flickering Treasures © Amy Davis.
Parkway Theater, March 26, 2014. Flickering Treasures © Amy Davis.
Parkway Theater, March 26, 2014. Flickering Treasures © Amy Davis.
Parkway Theater, March 26, 2014. Flickering Treasures © Amy Davis.

You can share your memories of the Parkway and any Baltimore theaters on the Flickering Treasures Facebook page or contact Amy directly at flickeringtreasures@yahoo.com. Learn more about the project with a  “It’s More Than History” brown bag lecture with Amy Davis on Friday April 25, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Baltimore City Hall.