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Third Annual MAHDC Symposium on Historic Commissions and Affordability

Join Us on June 16th for the Third Annual MAHDC Symposium on Historic Commissions and Affordability: “When Money is Tight, but the Roof Isn’t…” On June 16, 2018, the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions (MAHDC) will host its Third Annual Symposium in conjunction with Preservation Maryland’s Annual Old Line Summit at the University of [...]

By | 2018-05-24T14:41:49+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Events|Comments Off on Third Annual MAHDC Symposium on Historic Commissions and Affordability

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+00:00 February 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+00:00 February 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

Baltimore’s CHAP does not approve Fells Point apartment building plans

Excerpt from the Baltimore Business Journal: Plans for a cubic, modern five-story apartment building on a quaint residential street in Fells Point were stalled this week by a city historic preservation panel. The plan by Washington Street LLC to building the multi-family development with a ground-level parking garage at 509 S. Washington St. was put on [...]

By | 2018-02-27T11:49:11+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Baltimore City, Design Review & Guidelines, New Construction|Comments Off on Baltimore’s CHAP does not approve Fells Point apartment building plans

Baltimore’s CHAP endorses Broadway Market plans

Excerpt from Baltimore Business Journal: A plan to overhaul and update the historic Broadway Market was given a green light on Tuesday by a historic preservation panel at City Hall... sheds with large windows and an open-air feel was unanimously endorsed by the city's Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation, or CHAP.

By | 2018-02-27T11:44:53+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Baltimore City, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Baltimore’s CHAP endorses Broadway Market plans

Washington County HDC concerned about replacement of stone arch bridge

Excerpt from Herald Mail-Media: State plans to replace a nearly 200-year-old stone-arch bridge in southern Washington County continue to raise concerns among local residents. A Maryland State Highway Administration official told a county advisory group on Monday that this is the first bridge project in 20 years where she'd heard significant objections from the community. [...]

By | 2018-02-27T11:42:06+00:00 February 14th, 2018|New Construction, Partner Organizations, Washington County|Comments Off on Washington County HDC concerned about replacement of stone arch bridge

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+00:00 February 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

City of Frederick HPC approves rehabilitation of Frederick Railroad building

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Marrying flexibility and history, a final design for the former Frederick Railroad building on East Patrick Street is approved and ready for implementation as part of the proposed downtown hotel and conference center. Members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve plans to rehabilitate the early [...]

By | 2018-02-27T12:05:39+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves rehabilitation of Frederick Railroad building

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+00:00 February 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

Baltimore’s CHAP to consider exterior improvement plans for Broadway Market

Baltimore Sun: Plans to add a modernized facade and new public pavilion to historic Broadway Market will be unveiled before a city panel this month as plans to redevelop the space get underway. The exterior improvements will help clean up and make the space in Fells Point more inviting to patrons, a city markets executive [...]

By | 2018-02-27T11:21:38+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Baltimore City, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Baltimore’s CHAP to consider exterior improvement plans for Broadway Market

City of Frederick HPC approves final applications for condo & apartment conversions to begin

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Plans to bring luxury apartments to the Civil War-era Kemp Hall building, and a new deli and brewery to the Union Mills building near downtown Frederick, cleared major hurdles Thursday with approvals from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. Both projects need exterior renovations to move forward, which the commissioners were [...]

By | 2018-01-30T10:41:20+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves final applications for condo & apartment conversions to begin

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

City of Frederick HPC pledges support of draft plan to direct portion of conference center tax revenue to historic rehabilitation

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: An early draft of a plan to help owners of historic properties in Frederick reap benefits from the proposed downtown hotel and conference center is floating around as part of an effort to offset the loss of the state’s last standing tannery building. And although city officials are leery, members [...]

By | 2018-01-30T10:30:07+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Frederick City, Legal Issues, Tax Credits|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC pledges support of draft plan to direct portion of conference center tax revenue to historic rehabilitation

City of Frederick HPC approves mural expansion and approves two downtown condo & apartment conversions

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Local artist Goodloe Byron is preparing his paint brushes to extend the colorful, cartoonish mural he painted of the Maryland state dinosaur last year on the side of the Church Street garage. The mural, which stretches 30 feet high and 150 wide, begins north of the brick stair tower on [...]

By | 2018-01-30T10:04:01+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves mural expansion and approves two downtown condo & apartment conversions

City of Baltimore considers adding two new historic districts

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: City leaders are considering creating two new historic districts in West Baltimore, a move they say could accelerate revitalization of a once-bustling shopping district that has been largely vacant for years. Baltimore’s Planning Commission unanimously voted Thursday to formally designate the Howard Street Commercial Historic District and the Five and [...]

By | 2018-01-30T10:05:19+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Baltimore City, Good News, Landmarks & Designations|Comments Off on City of Baltimore considers adding two new historic districts

City of Frederick HPC to review conversion of commercial downtown buildings to apartments and condos

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Two historic downtown Frederick buildings are moving closer to welcoming residential tenants. The city’s Historic Preservation Commission is set Thursday to discuss renovations to the 20 N. Court St. building known as the Pythian Castle, and to the Kemp Hall building at 48-52 N. Market St. The buildings are slated [...]

By | 2018-01-30T10:06:19+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC to review conversion of commercial downtown buildings to apartments and condos

Hagerstown HDC reelects officers

Excerpt from Herald-Mail Media: The Hagerstown Historic District Commission re-elected its officers during a meeting last week. Michael Gehr was renamed chairman of the commission, while Chris Davis was renamed vice chairman. Gehr, who was appointed in 2000, is an architect. Davis, who was appointed in 2013, holds a career in planning. The commission is [...]

By | 2018-01-09T14:59:10+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Commission Policies & Procedures, Hagerstown|Comments Off on Hagerstown HDC reelects officers

Howard County updating Ellicott City Design Guidelines to address accessibility

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: Set on a steep hill with winding sidewalks and narrow shops, Ellicott City’s Main Street wasn’t built with wheelchairs and walkers in mind. Today, with more than 2 million Americans using wheelchairs and more than 6 million relying on walkers, canes or crutches for assistance, according to National Institute of [...]

By | 2018-01-09T15:28:07+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Howard County|Comments Off on Howard County updating Ellicott City Design Guidelines to address accessibility