Community Outreach & Education

City of Frederick “Preservation Matters”: Churches linked by architecture, and service to black community

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post By Lisa Mroszczyk Murphy As Black History Month wraps up this week, we are taking a look at the history of two churches linked by their architecture and their long-standing importance to the black communities that they serve. The Asbury United Methodist Church stands prominently at the corner of West All [...]

By |2018-02-27T12:03:13+00:00February 26th, 2018|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick “Preservation Matters”: Churches linked by architecture, and service to black community

City of Frederick HPC to host workshop on draft amendment to historic district guidelines

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: The city’s Historic Preservation Commission will host a public workshop Thursday to discuss draft amendments to the Frederick Town Historic District design guidelines. The guidelines, which dictate elements of new construction design for properties in the district, are required to go through periodic assessments to stay current. The draft amendments set [...]

By |2018-02-27T11:51:34+00:00February 16th, 2018|Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC to host workshop on draft amendment to historic district guidelines

City of Frederick HPC supports establishment of revolving fund for rehabilitating historic buildings

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Members of the Historic Preservation Commission want to make sure a revolving fund that would help rehabilitate historic city properties is a possibility, even if the money does not come from taxes generated from the proposed downtown hotel and conference center. That was the goal of a letter the commissioners [...]

By |2018-02-27T11:37:05+00:00February 11th, 2018|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City, Good News, Grants, Partner Organizations|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC supports establishment of revolving fund for rehabilitating historic buildings

Main Street Chestertown offering facade improvement grants in historic district

Excerpt from Kent County News: Main Street Historic Chestertown is offering a total of $40,000 in matching façade improvement grants to spruce up commercial buildings in the town's historic district. In this first year of the program, owners of downtown buildings or businesses may apply for grants covering 60 percent of the cost of their [...]

By |2018-02-27T11:26:21+00:00February 8th, 2018|Charlestown, Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines, Good News, Grants, Historical Material Maintenance|Comments Off on Main Street Chestertown offering facade improvement grants in historic district

Deadline approaching to apply for City of Frederick historic preservation tax credits

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Owners of historic properties in the city of Frederick have until April 1 to apply for tax credits for completing qualified exterior repairs and renovations. About a dozen people attended a Jan. 16 meeting where details of the city’s historic preservation tax credit program were explained. Historic preservation planners Lisa [...]

By |2018-01-30T10:36:33+00:00January 30th, 2018|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City, Tax Credits|Comments Off on Deadline approaching to apply for City of Frederick historic preservation tax credits

Preservation Matters: Simple, cost-effective ways to increase energy efficiency

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: The cold weather has finally moved in, and winter is just a few weeks away. Now is a great time to start thinking about preparing your historic property for winter. Fortunately, there are simple and cost-effective retrofits that homeowners can do themselves to improve energy efficiency and thermal performance without compromising [...]

By |2017-12-08T12:37:50+00:00December 3rd, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City, Historical Material Maintenance|Comments Off on Preservation Matters: Simple, cost-effective ways to increase energy efficiency

Preservation Matters: Looking back at ‘Lost Frederick’

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: This week, Preservation Matters will address two questions received from our readers. First, we were asked about “Lost Frederick,” or buildings that have lost the preservation battle. While unfortunately this is too long a tale for one week, we will address a few notable losses here and continue to periodically highlight [...]

By |2017-12-08T12:30:33+00:00November 20th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City|Comments Off on Preservation Matters: Looking back at ‘Lost Frederick’

St. Mary’s County HPC sponsors presentation on African American genealogy

Excerpt from The Enterprise: An Empowerment and African American Genealogy presentation led by Chris Haley, Maryland State Archives research director for the history of slavery, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s commissioners’ meeting room in Leonardtown. Sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Historic Preservation Commission, St. [...]

By |2017-12-08T12:02:01+00:00November 16th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, St. Mary's County|Comments Off on St. Mary’s County HPC sponsors presentation on African American genealogy

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 |2017-12-08T12:03:17+00:00November 12th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City, Industrial|Comments Off on Preservation Matters: Frederick played major role in early food canning, distribution

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

Community Health Center celebrates designation as Annapolis Local Historic Landmark

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: n Nov. 28, 2016, the Annapolis City Council passed legislation, initiated by the Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission, that designated the Community Health Center at Parole as an Annapolis Local Historic Landmark — the first historic landmark outside of the Annapolis Historic District. On June 17, this designation was formally celebrated [...]

By |2017-08-29T10:09:16+00:00August 29th, 2017|Annapolis, Community Outreach & Education, Landmarks & Designations|Comments Off on Community Health Center celebrates designation as Annapolis Local Historic Landmark

Berlin HDC wants to increase awareness about historic district with potential buyers

Excerpt from the Dispatch: Members of the town’s historic district commission want people buying homes in Berlin to be aware of historic district regulations before they buy. Discussion of a young couple’s request to erect a fence on their property led the Berlin Historic District Commission (HDC) Wednesday into a conversation about the need to [...]

By |2017-08-01T11:27:11+00:00July 5th, 2017|Berlin, Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Berlin HDC wants to increase awareness about historic district with potential buyers

Annapolis seeks HPC members

Excerpt from Capital Gazette:   The Historic Preservation Commission reviews applications to construct, alter, move, demolish or repair a structure within the historic district. Regular public hearings are held on the second Tuesday of the month. Administrative meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. [...]

By |2017-07-03T09:31:04+00:00June 7th, 2017|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Good News|Comments Off on Annapolis seeks HPC members

Gaithersburg HDC recognizes smokehouse restoration with historic preservation award

Excerpt from the Gaithersburg Patch: On May 24, the Gaithersburg Historic District Commission presented a Historic Preservation Award to Hank Handler, Vice President of Oak Grove Restoration Company, recognizing the company’s efforts to restore the smokehouse at Summit Hall Farm at Bohrer Park. The award was given as part of Historic Preservation Month, an annual [...]

By |2017-07-03T09:13:24+00:00May 26th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Gaithersburg, Good News, Historical Material Maintenance|Comments Off on Gaithersburg HDC recognizes smokehouse restoration with historic preservation award

Scott Winnette steps down after decade on Frederick City HPC

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: The central figure on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission — literally, he sits in the middle of the dais — has left his post. Scott Winnette, commission chairman, announced he was stepping down during the city’s 2017 Historic Presentation Awards on Thursday. His resignation ends a decade of service on the [...]

By |2017-05-12T10:27:59+00:00May 7th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City|Comments Off on Scott Winnette steps down after decade on Frederick City HPC

City of Frederick considers adding architectural inspector position

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Owners of historic properties in Frederick may soon have someone to help guide them through the renovation process, if the city adds a position requested by its staff. Adding an architectural inspector to the city’s Engineering Department would help improve the application and review process in Frederick’s historic preservation overlay [...]

By |2017-05-12T10:28:27+00:00May 5th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick considers adding architectural inspector position

City of Frederick Historic Preservation Guidelines to be updated – public input requested

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: The Frederick Historic Preservation Commission is clarifying design guidelines for properties in the city’s historic district, and members want residents to remain as informed as possible during the process. “We have pushed and we will continue to push to have something much clearer, so when people move into the historic [...]

By |2017-05-12T10:25:08+00:00April 19th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick Historic Preservation Guidelines to be updated – public input requested

Kent County HDC Chair praises commission’s mission and procedures

Excerpt from MyEasternShoreMD: To the editor: A March 16 Kent County News article quoted Jay Yerkes saying, "It'€™s okay for the Historic District Commission (HDC) to be difficult and challenging. It's not OK to be rude." As chairperson of the commission, I apologize to anyone who feels that we have treated them rudely. We are a [...]

By |2017-04-14T14:27:17+00:00March 22nd, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Kent County|Comments Off on Kent County HDC Chair praises commission’s mission and procedures

Cambridge HPC accepting nominations for 2nd annual awards

Cambridge's Historic Preservation Commission is now accepting nominations for its second annual awards. If you know of someone worthy of nomination, fill in the nomination form by March 31st. Nominations will be tallied and the ceremony will be held in May. Information about the awards is available on the City of Cambridge website.

By |2017-03-07T18:39:20+00:00March 7th, 2017|Cambridge, Community Outreach & Education, Good News|Comments Off on Cambridge HPC accepting nominations for 2nd annual awards

City of Frederick HPC follows through on desire for open dialogue with city officials

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: A meeting of the minds regarding the city’s historic preservation efforts is getting closer to actually happening. The city’s Historic Preservation Commission sent a letter Feb. 9 to Mayor Randy McClement and the board of aldermen requesting a formal meeting to discuss the role and expectations for the HPC and [...]

By |2017-03-07T18:27:56+00:00February 25th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City, Good News|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC follows through on desire for open dialogue with city officials