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Preservation Matters: Frederick played major role in early food canning, distribution

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: by Christina Martinkosky In an effort to help inform residents about historic preservation in the city of Frederick and enhance community outreach and the perception of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, The Frederick News-Post has partnered with historic preservation department staff members to bring you a weekly column dedicated to the subject. [...]

By | 2017-11-14T11:27:50+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City, Industrial|Comments Off on Preservation Matters: Frederick played major role in early food canning, distribution

City of Frederick HPC approves first design details for downtown hotel project

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: After months of discussion and tweaking, developers and architects working on Frederick’s proposed downtown hotel and conference center cleared a “major hurdle” Thursday with the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. “Tonight was a major hurdle that we passed after many, many workshops and a lot of good back-and-forth between the Historic Preservation [...]

By | 2017-11-14T11:40:51+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves first design details for downtown hotel project

Berlin HPC okays church sign and exterior fridge

Excerpt from Ocean City Maryland News: BERLIN – A new sign will soon accent Buckingham Presbyterian Church following approval this week from the town’s historic district commission. On Wednesday, the Berlin Historic District Commission approved the church’s plan to install a new sign in front of the Main Street structure. “I love the sign,” said [...]

By | 2017-11-14T11:36:30+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Berlin, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Berlin HPC okays church sign and exterior fridge

City of Frederick HPC holds workshops with developers to go over plans for once Birely Tannery demolished

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission voted in September to allow for demolition of the early 20th-century Birely Tannery building as long as proper historic mitigation efforts are performed. The vote spearheaded a series of workshops now underway with the commission to go over the project’s design details. Commissioners will [...]

By | 2017-10-27T10:31:42+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial, Landmarks & Designations|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC holds workshops with developers to go over plans for once Birely Tannery demolished

Maryland Historical Trust concludes Baltimore did not have legal authority to remove Confederate statues

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: The Maryland Historical Trust has concluded that Baltimore officials didn’t have the legal authority to remove three monuments to the Confederacy and, while acknowledging it doesn’t plan to, the state agency reserved the right to order the city to put them back. Elizabeth Hughes, director of the Maryland Historical Trust, shared those [...]

By | 2017-10-27T10:26:36+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Baltimore City, Legal Issues, Monuments, Property Types|Comments Off on Maryland Historical Trust concludes Baltimore did not have legal authority to remove Confederate statues

Annapolis City Council changes part of code governing exterior changes in the historic district

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: The City Council on Monday night...passed: A change to a part of the code that governs exterior changes to building in the Historic District. The code previously gave the Historic Preservation Commission authority over "any other factors, including aesthetic factors, which the Commission deems to be pertinent." It will now [...]

By | 2017-10-27T10:22:21+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Annapolis, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Annapolis City Council changes part of code governing exterior changes in the historic district

City of Frederick HPC postpones decision on utility meter placement for Washington Gas and owner to find better option

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: An ongoing dispute between the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and local utility companies reared its ugly head last week with a request to install a portion of a gas meter on the facade of downtown Frederick’s Pythian Castle. Gideon Properties, a Hagerstown-based real estate investment firm, is set to renovate the [...]

By | 2017-10-27T10:14:39+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC postpones decision on utility meter placement for Washington Gas and owner to find better option

Montgomery County HPC calls for committee to craft comprehensive approach to safeguarding burial grounds

Excerpt from Bethesda Magazine: A bill directing the Montgomery County Planning Department to maintain an inventory of burial sites in the county likely would require the agency to hire a full-time archaeologist. Creating the inventory could cost $260,000 at first, and the county would need to spend about $118,300 per year on a staff member [...]

By | 2017-10-27T10:05:21+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Archaeology, Montgomery County, Survey & Documentation|Comments Off on Montgomery County HPC calls for committee to craft comprehensive approach to safeguarding burial grounds

Maryland’s Historic Districts – Fall 2017

Read the complete Fall Issue. Excerpts from this edition: Gaithersburg Study Finds Local Districts Pay Chris Berger, Planner and Staff Liaison to Gaithersburg HPC, City of GaithersburgProperty rights advocates throughout the nation are attacking the validity of local historic districts. They claim that local designation adds an extra layer of government regulation that negatively affects [...]

By | 2017-10-17T10:46:50+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Annual Meeting, Archaeology, Gaithersburg, Good News, Historical Material Maintenance, Newsletter, Prince George's County, Tax Credits, Training|Comments Off on Maryland’s Historic Districts – Fall 2017

City of Frederick HDC approves Brewer’s Alley rooftop terrace designs

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Brewer’s Alley’s rooftop terrace is slated for a makeover of sorts that will protect diners and drinkers from the elements following an approval Thursday from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. Roughly a year ago, owner Phil Bowers constructed a wooden pergola — a column-supported open grid for growing vines — [...]

By | 2017-10-14T16:39:18+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HDC approves Brewer’s Alley rooftop terrace designs

Hagerstown HDC approves design for The Maryland Theatre expansion

Excerpt from Herald-Mail Media: The design of the proposed $13 million expansion of The Maryland Theatre received its final approval from the city, and now just needs to work out a few kinks before the project can move forward. The Hagerstown Historic District Commission approved the design of the 30,000-square-foot expansion during its meeting Thursday, [...]

By | 2017-10-14T16:32:48+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Hagerstown, New Construction|Comments Off on Hagerstown HDC approves design for The Maryland Theatre expansion

Baltimore’s CHAP determines Eddie’s of Mount Vernon and the neighboring buildings contributing to neighborhood’s significance

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: Baltimore developer is seeking permission to demolish the Eddie’s of Mount Vernon grocery store and the neighboring buildings to make way for a mixed-use development on West Eager Street. On Tuesday, Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation determined the buildings at 7-11, 13 and 15 W. Eager St. contribute [...]

By | 2017-10-14T16:27:53+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Baltimore City, Commission Policies & Procedures, Landmarks & Designations, New Construction|Comments Off on Baltimore’s CHAP determines Eddie’s of Mount Vernon and the neighboring buildings contributing to neighborhood’s significance

Baltimore’s damaged Columbus memorial to be repaired

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: A damaged monument to Christopher Columbus — believed to be the oldest in America — will be repaired and rededicated, a key Baltimore official said Monday. Eric Holcomb, the city’s director of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, said it’s possible the monument will remain dedicated to the Italian [...]

By | 2017-10-14T16:20:26+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Baltimore City, Community Outreach & Education, Historical Material Maintenance, Monuments|Comments Off on Baltimore’s damaged Columbus memorial to be repaired

Annapolis HPC approves plan to re-brick Main Street

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: In the hopes of creating a street that lasts, the Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday voted to approve a city plan to re-brick Main Street in downtown Annapolis. The approval allows the city’s Department of Public Works to vet bids to uproot the bricks and asphalt, which have failed 22 [...]

By | 2017-09-29T11:29:27+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Annapolis, Design Review & Guidelines, Good News|Comments Off on Annapolis HPC approves plan to re-brick Main Street

Annapolis City Council to hear remarks on ordinance to clarify HPC’s role

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: As part of a lengthy public hearing schedule, the City Council will hear remarks on...an ordinance that would clarify the Historic Preservation Commission’s role in approving exterior changes to buildings.  

By | 2017-09-29T11:24:08+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Annapolis City Council to hear remarks on ordinance to clarify HPC’s role

Howard County HPC receives grant to update design guidelines

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: Restoration efforts following last year’s devastating Ellicott City flood continue to take new shape, now in the form of a grant program from a partnership between Preservation Maryland and Historic Ellicott City Inc. The grants, totaling $50,000, were awarded last month to several groups located in the historic district, and [...]

By | 2017-09-29T11:20:44+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Good News, Howard County, Partner Organizations|Comments Off on Howard County HPC receives grant to update design guidelines

NPS Window Repair Guidance

Handout: NPS Technical Preservation Services Window Repair Guidance The Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Commission and MAHDC hosted "Windows in Historic Buildings: Considerations for a Reasonable Approach to Preservation," with speaker John Sandor, Architectural Historian, Technical Preservation Services Division of the National Park Service, on September 25, 2017 at the Newton White Mansion. The session addressed: [...]

By | 2017-09-27T10:09:58+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Historical Material Maintenance, Resources, Substitute Materials|Comments Off on NPS Window Repair Guidance

City of Frederick HPC votes to permit demolition of Birely Tannery

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: The days of Frederick’s former Birely Tannery building are officially numbered after a Historic Preservation Commission vote Thursday. Demolition, however, is still many months, many plan approvals and many historic mitigation efforts away. Much to the disappointment of passionate historic preservation advocates, the city’s Historic Preservation Commission voted 6-1 Thursday [...]

By | 2017-09-19T15:25:18+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial, Landmarks & Designations, New Construction, Property Types|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC votes to permit demolition of Birely Tannery

Chestertown HDC approves marina interpretative center design changes

Excerpt from Kent County News: The town's Historic District Commission on Sept. 6 unanimously approved design changes made to the marina's interpretive center, which is being downsized to a single-story building due to budget constraints.

By | 2017-09-19T15:15:39+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Kent County, New Construction|Comments Off on Chestertown HDC approves marina interpretative center design changes

Baltimore to repair defaced Francis Scott Key monument

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: ayor Catherine Pugh says she has no plans to remove the Francis Scott Key monument in Bolton Hill that was vandalized before dawn Wednesday and has directed art preservation experts to determine the cost of cleaning it. Exactly 203 years after the Maryland attorney wrote the poem that would later [...]

By | 2017-09-19T15:20:11+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Baltimore City, Landmarks & Designations|Comments Off on Baltimore to repair defaced Francis Scott Key monument