Design Review & Guidelines

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

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

City of Frederick staff recommend to HPC that Birely Tannery be demolished

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: City staff members are recommending that the Birely Tannery building be demolished to make way for Frederick’s proposed downtown hotel and conference center. People who oppose the demolition will have one last chance at Thursday’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting to make their feelings known before commissioners decide its ultimate fate. [...]

By | 2017-09-19T15:11:45+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick staff recommend to HPC that Birely Tannery be demolished

Annapolis HPC retroactively approves Tsunami mural

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: The controversy over the mural splashed across Tsunami restaurant has come to a swift close. The Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday night voted to approve the painting on the restaurant, owned in part by Democratic mayoral candidate Gavin Buckley. The commission voted quickly and unanimously. The choice to retroactively accept [...]

By | 2017-09-19T15:06:26+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Annapolis HPC retroactively approves Tsunami mural

City of Frederick HPC holds 4th workshop on Birely Tannery with packed room

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: In less than two weeks, Frederick’s Historic Preservation Commission will decide the fate of the Birely Tannery building. Passionate opinions both for and against the demolition of the building rang out across a packed City Hall boardroom Thursday in the last of four public workshops dedicated to the decision. The [...]

By | 2017-09-05T11:52:34+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Advocacy, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC holds 4th workshop on Birely Tannery with packed room

City of Frederick HPC to hold at least one more workshop on demo of Birely Tannery building

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Dan Lawton hopes members will be ready to vote after one more workshop on whether to allow demolition of the historic Birely Tannery building for construction of the proposed downtown hotel and conference center. The commissioners held their third workshop Thursday on the request, which stems from [...]

By | 2017-08-29T10:31:41+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC to hold at least one more workshop on demo of Birely Tannery building

Development proceeds at Park Hall manor site that inspired City of Frederick Demolition Review Ordinance

Excerpt From Frederick News-Post: A new shopping center is coming to the site where the historic Park Hall manor once stood on Frederick’s east side. The project, known as Gateway East Plaza, is slated to consist of a 41,600-square-foot shopping center and 100-room hotel on four lots facing the interior corner of East Patrick Street [...]

By | 2017-08-29T10:25:35+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Advocacy, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on Development proceeds at Park Hall manor site that inspired City of Frederick Demolition Review Ordinance

Tsunami property owner files for Certificate of Approval after District Court decision

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: A piece of paper signals the beginning of the end of a long fight between a businessman and Annapolis officials after a mural was commissioned on one of his buildings downtown. Gavin Buckley, a Democratic mayoral candidate, and his business partners have filed a Certificate of Approval with the city of [...]

By | 2017-08-08T09:57:04+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Tsunami property owner files for Certificate of Approval after District Court decision

City of Frederick HPC workshops repercussions of hotel construction in historic district

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Developers and architects working on Frederick’s proposed downtown hotel and conference center promised this week that historic preservation was a key element in developing project plans over the past several years. A group of historic preservation activists are not so convinced, though, and urged members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission [...]

By | 2017-08-01T10:56:14+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Advocacy, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC workshops repercussions of hotel construction in historic district

City of Frederick HPC has full docket in July

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: The city’s Historic Preservation Commission has never been known for its short meetings, but the latest one held July 13 was exceptionally lengthy. And the next one coming up Thursday may not be much shorter. Not only are the commissioners set to workshop more details of the applications regarding the [...]

By | 2017-08-01T10:40:33+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC has full docket in July

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+00:00 July 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

Frederick HPC to review proposed downtown hotel and conference center project

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: The developers of Frederick’s proposed downtown hotel and conference center took the next step Thursday toward bringing the project to fruition. According to a news release from developers Plamondon Hospitality Partners, the developers, city officials and representatives of Randall Family LLC jointly filed an application Thursday morning with the city’s Historic [...]

By | 2017-07-03T09:37:12+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial, New Construction, Property Types|Comments Off on Frederick HPC to review proposed downtown hotel and conference center project

Preservationists advocate at Frederick HPC Meeting for tannery site

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: News that the latest design for the proposed downtown hotel and conference center definitely includes plans to demolish the historic Birely Tannery building attracted a small crowd Thursday to the city’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting. The agenda for the meeting was rather light, with only one item set for hearing and [...]

By | 2017-07-03T09:26:47+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Advocacy, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on Preservationists advocate at Frederick HPC Meeting for tannery site

Berlin HDC approves new look for Main Street building

Excerpt from the Dispatch: Members of the town’s historic district commission praised façade plans for a Main Street building this week. The commission approved Councilman Troy Purnell’s plans to improve the façade of his building at 116 N. Main St. on Wednesday. Several members expressed excitement upon learning that the modern building would be getting [...]

By | 2017-05-12T10:29:00+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Berlin, Design Review & Guidelines, New Construction|Comments Off on Berlin HDC approves new look for Main Street building