Tag: Seton Hill

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Tours, food, micro-grants, and a big thank-you at the historic Orchard Street Church

We’re throwing a party on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 and you are the reason for the celebration. This is our third year hosting a heartfelt thank you event for the many people who volunteer, participate in our heritage tours, and support Baltimore Heritage as members and sponsors. Our friends at the Greater Baltimore Urban League are opening up their historic Orchard Street Church for this free event that will include tours of the church (among the oldest structures built by a local Black congregation), food, drinks, and a chance for you to help us give away four preservation micro-grants.

This event is also our annual meeting where members elect new board members and officers. Please join us!

Also check out our jam-packed schedule of tours and talks over the next few weeks. On the afternoon of Sunday, September 23, local historian Jack Burkert will kick off our history lecture series at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion with a talk entitled: The Port of Baltimore: Shaping the City Over the Ages. On Wednesday, September 26, we are touring the Sheppard Pratt Hospital complex. And on the morning of Tuesday, October 2, we are repeating our tour of Fashions Unlimited garment factory.

Finally, we are teaming up with Doors Open Baltimore again for a unique bus tour: Masons, Jazzmen, Doctors and More. Join us and CHAP director Eric Holcomb on this narrated trip that includes five fantastic sites: the Prince Hall Masonic lodge, Eubie Blake National Jazz Center, Davidge Hall, Rachael’s Dowry Bed and Breakfast, and the Ambassador Marburg Mansion on Mount Vernon Place.

Thank you again to everybody who volunteers with us and supports our work as members and contributors. Without you, we could not do what we do. I hope you can join us on October 2 and on some of our upcoming events.

A Gothic brick chapel in a park.

A Holiday Interlude at the Mother Seton House and Godefroy Chapel

On June 16, 1808, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton arrived at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore on the same day that Bishop John Carroll, the first bishop in the United States, dedicated the seminary's newly built chapel. Elizabeth (known as “Mother Seton”) went on to become America’s first saint and the chapel, designed by noted early American architect Maximilian Godefroy, stands today as an exquisite example of early American Gothic architecture. Please join us during this holiday interlude for a tour of the Mother Seton House and adjacent Seminary Chapel with our hosts from the St. Mary’s Spiritual Center.

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404 George Street in Seton Hill up for auction next Thursday – Update: House under contract, auction cancelled

Update –January 6, 2015: We just confirmed with Ashland Auction that 404 George Street is now under contract and the auction is cancelled. We plan to share additional information about the new owner and their plans for the building when we learn more. Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word!

Tucked away on a narrow street, 404 George Street has had our attention since concerned neighbors first contacted us in 2012 about this three-story rowhouse in Seton Hill. Next Thursday, January 7, the building is up for auction—offering a unique opportunity to buy a historic house just steps away from the famed Mother Seton House.

In July 2012, local residents pushed Baltimore Housing to file a receivership case against the owner who held the building since 1986. Receivership is a process where a municipality or a qualified non-profit applies for a court to appoint them as the receiver of the property and move to restore the property to use.

Courtesy MRIS, 2014.
Courtesy MRIS, 2014.

Unfortunately, years of neglect took a toll on the structure. At the first auction in October 2014, the 404 George Street received no bids from interested buyers. Thankfully, Baltimore Housing quickly responded and stabilized the building to make the property more attractive to prospective developers. Stabilizing distressed vacant houses is a key strategy for encouraging private reinvestment and is often more cost-effective than demolition.

On Thursday, January 7 at 1:00 pm, 404 George Street is up for auction again. If you are a local builder, developer or an enthusiastic home rehabber, we invite you to come out next Thursday and invest in this beautiful community. If you are a neighbor, we need you to help spread the word!

Built in the 19th century, 404 George Street is less than a block away from the Mother Seton House and St. Mary’s Seminary Chapel—an 1808 landmark designed by architect Maximilian Godefroy. St. Mary’s Park boasts a recently restored fountain and won recognition from Baltimore City Paper as the city’s best park in 2014. The 2012 master plan for Seton Hill has much more information on the neighborhood. Of course, the property is eligible for city and state historic tax credits—review our historic tax credit guide for more details.

Please help make 2016 the year that the vacant house at 404 George Street turns back into a home.

St. Mary's Park. Courtesy Live Baltimore.
St. Mary’s Park. Courtesy Live Baltimore.

Learn more about 404 George Street and the auction process from the Ashland Auction Group. 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. Bids start at $30,000. Pre-bid offers are accepted by phone at 410-488-3124 or by email to adam@ashlandauction.com.

Baltimore Archdiocese 215th Anniversary Celebration: Free Tours at Landmark Churches

Saint Alphonsus ChurchBaltimore Heritage is pleased to support the Archdiocese of Baltimore as it celebrates its 225th anniversary with a pilgrimage faith walk of three historic Catholic sites in Central Baltimore. On the Sunday following the 4th of July from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm, these landmark churches will open their doors for tours, exhibits, organ concerts, and even appearances by prominent figures in the church’s long history in the city. The afternoon will conclude with a mass by Archbishop Lori at the Baltimore Basilica followed by a reception on the Basilica lawn.

The three participating sites are:

Mother Seton House & Historic Seminary Chapel
600 N. Paca Street, Baltimore 2121

St. Alphonsus Church and Shrine
114 W. Saratoga Street, Baltimore 21201

Baltimore Basilica
409 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, 21201

Please stop by any or all of them! Find more information on the Archdiocese’s website.