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Below is a round-up of news articles on preservation and heritage issues in Maryland and beyond.
State help eyed to save western Md. Civil War site The Daily Record 4-1-13
Coney residents say they can save Catholic church from demolition Cumberland Times-News 4-17-13
Students document building exteriors Cumberland Times-News 4-23-13
Anne Arundel County
Architectural Historian Orlando Ridout Dies at Age 59 Annapolis Patch 4-10-13
Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage 2013: Tour More Than 50 Historic Properties This Spring Huffington Post 4-18-13
Our say: Don’t decorate Market House – just get it open Capital Gazette 4-26-13
City Dock proposals divide Annapolis Baltimore Sun 4-29-13
City wants $20 million upgrade at Lexington Market Baltimore Sun 4-3-13
Baltimore lobbies for tall ships, naval vessels to fill Inner Harbor Baltimore Sun 4-4-13
Back Story: Buildings are gone but not forgotten Baltimore Sun 4-5-13
Guilford neighborhood marks 100th anniversary Baltimore Sun 4-12-13
Lexington Market is in desperate need of a change Baltimore Sun 4-19-13
Cool potential for former icehouse Baltimore Sun 4-19-13
Researchers dig deep to discover the history of their homes Baltimore Sun 4-20-13
Makeover aims to bring Enoch Pratt Free Library’s central branch into digital age Washington Post 4-26-13With opening of Mill No. 1, the Jones Falls Valley’s makeover is nearly complete Baltimore Sun 4-27-13
Mount Airy to introduce ordinance on historic buildings Carroll County Times 4-29-13
Incinerator would tower over historic Monocacy battlefield Gazette.Net 4-25-13
Aberdeen’s mayor to Historical Society on B&O train station: ‘We’re fed up’ Baltimore Sun 4-9-13
Two Darnestown Area Locations Make ‘Endangered Maryland 2013′ List NorthPotomac Patch 4-9-13
House at ‘gateway’ to Rockville recommended for historic designation Gazette.Net 4-19-13
Public to vote on grant money for historic preservation in Montgomery Gazette.Net 4-29-13
Prince George’s County
Events aimed at drawing new crowds to historic Glenn Dale mansion Gazette.Net 4-30-13
Carrol Peterson: Don’t require historic status in Princess Anne DelMarVa Now 4-24-13
St. Mary’s County
Old Scotland Post Office on Maryland endangered list SoMdNews 4-17-13
Preservation Trust Of Wicomico County Establish Endowment Fund At The CFES – The Dispatch 4-5-13
Safeguarding treasures from national historic sites Washington Post 4-23-13
Historic Sites Competing for Public Support in Contest for Preservation Grants dcist.com 4-24-13
Last weekend, the National Trust ‘Council’ (a group of high level donors) spent a day on the Eastern Shore touring some of our great historic resources. As one of the guides for the day, I had the opportunity to engage some of the participants in conversations about today’s preservation movement and the challenges of reaching beyond our ‘borders’ to a broader audience. The conversation drew a lot of interest and got me thinking more broadly about the question of why people don’t seem to embrace preservation the way we often think they should?
My most basic observation here is this, preservation is a movement, so that means we have to move, forward. It doesn’t mean standing still, going in reverse or even worse, stagnating. It means that we need to reinvent, reinterpret (ourselves) and reassess where we are all the time so that we remain relevant and therefore, effective in our mission. By definition, the word movement speaks to the collective advancement of a shared idea, to progressive development, to change and repositioning. For a movement whose mission is perceived to mean freezing time, we have to remember to message that it’s really about managing change.
Preservationist often look to the conservation movement with an eye towards their success in being embraced by the general public. One advantage is that the more progressive conservation organizations routinely revisit the question of what’s needed and what’s relevant, what’s working and what isn’t. They’re great at reassessing their position and figuring out how to make their cause personal, which results in be able to engage people on a grass roots level, despite the fact that environmental regulations have decidedly become stricter. Conservation is regulated by the government, not by its citizens, unlike the most public aspect of preservation – historical commissions. This makes our job considerably more difficult. To gain ground, we have to ensure that those who serve on our front lines are well trained and well informed so that the message they deliver is not only right, but right on target. Unfortunately this is not where we always allocate our resources, why I don’t know. As a movement we have gone from volunteer based to one that has complicated levels of regulation and policy that stretch from Washington to your own back yard. Sandwiched between the bureaucrats and the public is the volunteer who is often times struggling with how to answer the questions, interpret the standards and define the criteria while coming away without feeling fairly perplexed and embattled. It’s clearly a top down problem and one that we seriously need to address.
That being said, it is even more important for us as preservationists to adapt and reinvent as history and conversations change around us. Today building preservation and revitalization is directly related to an improved environment, certainly a cause the younger generation relates to. In addition we have the ever evolving voice of African American history to explore and the surge of heritage tourism as Maryland lays down a myriad of historic trails that delve into everything from the voyage of John Smith to the War of 1812 and beyond. History in Maryland is fast becoming the currency of choice for many counties that are realizing its economic and social value. As preservationists we innately like the road less traveled, but we have to remember not only to fill in the pot holes along the way but to leave a trail of breadcrumbs so others can easily find us.
- Elizabeth Beckley
Last Saturday, April 13, we hosted our first field trip of the year and it was a great success. Participants came to Chesapeake College in Wye Mills from as far away as St. Mary’s City and Frederick County to learn about the history of milling in the area and visit houses that are not generally open to the public. The weather on Saturday was absolutely perfect – sunny and in the upper 60’s with just a slight breeze.
After enjoying coffee and donuts, the whole group piled into two large vans and we were off. Robert Wilson, the owner of Providence Farm, along with Rebecca Marquardt, president of the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society, gave the group an overview of the history of this 1746 house built by a local miller. I was particularly wowed by the detailed woodwork in the house and the amount of restoration work Mr. Wilson has completed.
Our busy schedule did not allow for time to stop and walk around in Centreville, but we did detour up and down through town. Elizabeth Beckley and Michael Bourne, our tour guides for the day, pointed out some of the oldest buildings in town including Wright’s Chance and Tucker House.
Next we headed back to Wye Mills to visit Cloverfields, an early 18th century house and the home of the Great Tobacco Merchant, William Hemsley. While some members of the group chatted with Mrs. Pippin, the current owner of the house, others admired the detailed exterior brick work and visited the Hemsley cemetery.
By noon everyone was getting ready for lunch, so we headed off to the Old Wye Church and enjoyed our lunch in the parish house. The Reverend Charlie Osberger joined us for lunch and gave the group an informative and funny introduction the history of the church and the congregation.
Our next stop was just up the road at the Old Wye Mill, where the Friends of Old Wye Mill, were kind enough to open the mill up before their regular summer hours started. Jim Casey, George Hoffman and John Nizer showed us around this colonial era grist mill which is the oldest in continuous operation in the state. If you are ever looking for a rhythmic noise that will lull you right to sleep, the beat of the water going into the steal wheel is exactly what you want to hear.
Just a few hundred yards south of the mill sits the Miller’s House which was built around 1750. Many of the participants on the trip were excited to see inside the house because it is one of the least altered early structures on the Eastern Shore. Those who did not want to get dirty in the house visited the cemetery on the grounds and I got a kick out of watching a bald eagle soar high above us.
I think our first field trip was a glowing success and a lot of fun. If you could not join us this time, I hope you will come along on a future trip. Keep your eyes peeled next month for information on our next field trip which will be Saturday, June 1 at the National Park Seminary in Silver Spring.
Margaret De Arcangelis
We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Endangered Maryland list has been released through Maryland Life magazine. A panel of historic preservationists selected the list from nominated properties and assessed the level of threat, historic and architectural significance and community support for preserving the site. The program’s purpose is to generate public awareness of Maryland’s threatened historic properties, generate possible solutions and serve as a call for action. Endangered Maryland is sponsored by Penza + Bailey Architects, Cho Benn Holback + Associates Inc. and Azola Companies.
The 2013 Endangered Maryland Sites are: (in alphabetical order).
1. Belward Farm (Montgomery County)
2. Cooper Apartments (Anne Arundel County)
3. Endangered Indigenous Landscapes (Multiple Counties)
4. Fort Carroll (Baltimore County)
5. Locust Grove School and Fort Frederick School (Washington County)
6. Monocacy National Battlefield (Frederick County)
7. Montanverde (Montgomery County)
8. Rogers Buchanan Cemetery (Baltimore City)
9. Scotland Post Office (St. Mary’s County)
10. Washington Grove (Montgomery County)
Below is a round-up of news articles on preservation and heritage issues in Maryland and beyond.
Dispute over Crittenton Place in Hampden – Baltimore Sun 3-22-13
Images of Civil-Rights-era Baltimore tantalizingly uncaptioned Baltimore Brew 3-27-13
Maryland Putting Historic ‘Oyster Cannon’ on Display NBC Washington 3-28-13
Officials scramble to preserve 1600s site in Charles SoMdNews 3-22-12
Gaithersburg to refurbish 30-year-old caboose Gazette.net 3-25-13
Maryland Wind Power Farm Could Kill Up to 20 Bald Eagles Per Year, Regulators Estimate Huffington Post 3-12-13
Queen Anne’s County
House and Garden Tours Offer Look Inside Historic and Contemporary Sites Star Dem 3-12-13
On March 27th, I joined preservation colleagues at the dedication of the Harriet Tubman National Monument at Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County – two days after President Obama employed the Antiquities Act to create what is often the next step before becoming a national park – a national monument. For years now, Maryland’s U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin have been staunch advocates for the creation of a national park honoring Tubman’s in Maryland and in New York State. Supporting this effort have been Tubman family members, who never gave up as the property’s proposed designation as a national park stalled time and time again. A national monument is essentially afforded the same resources as a national park.
When I walked into the room the first thing I noticed were the two rows of reserved seats. I knew without question who these were for — Tubman and Ross family members. How remarkable not only to be able to witness such an event, but to do so alongside descendants of she who we honor. It felt like Harriet was among us and that her lessons were being passed on to the present generation. Tubman’s grandniece told me a story about Harriet being hit in the head by a metal weight intended for another target — hit so hard it nearly killed her. She said, “When Harriet was hit, God put her to sleep so she could heal, and when she was well, he touched her again, and she awoke, ready to do the great work he had intended for her.”
The room was filled by people who had spent years of their lives working to ensure that the Harriet Tubman story and landscape were brought to life. There were young people who had come to witness, preservationists, scholars, elected officials and those who had banded together to advocate on Capitol Hill for the Tubman National Park, time and again. Maryland’s Eastern Shore is now home to the only national monument dedicated to an African American woman, a small woman capable of great deeds of selflessness who planted the seeds of freedom and justice that have been rooted ever since.
Retiring Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said that this dedication was a seminal moment in his career. Retired National Park Service Dr. Robert Stanton, the only African American ever to hold this post, concluded his moving speech with the words of Tubman, “Keep going. Keep going.” To me, but the most important message of the day is that good does happen in the world, that it’s worth fighting for and that with belief, vision, faith and perseverance, we can achieve our dreams. Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, has led us all to a better place. To read the official White House announcement for the Harriet Tubman National Monument, please follow this link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/03/25/presidential-proclamation-harriet-tubman-underground-railroad-national-m
In 1989, Elizabeth Banks sold the beautiful, historic 138-acre Belward Farm to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for $5 million. At the time, the property was estimated to be worth $54 million. What accounts for the substantially reduced sale price? According to Ms. Banks’ heirs, the sale was contingent upon an agreement with JHU that the majority of the Belward Farm property would serve the university primarily for educational purposes.
By all accounts, Ms. Banks was a staunch preservationist. She is reputed to have resisted the offers of developers for the family’s property for years, even going so far as chasing them off her land. But she apparently had a soft spot in her heart for JHU and the assurance that they would do the right thing, in her eyes, with her family’s property.
In 1997, JHU and the family agreed on a plan to build a 1.4 million-square foot satellite campus on Belward Farm. The plan has since morphed into a 4.7 million square feet high rise commercial office park and high density, residential development. Which brings us to the lawsuit that has recently been filed by the “Family” in Montgomery County Circuit Court?
According to Tim Newell, nephew of Elizabeth Banks and lead plaintiff, “Early in the process, we made known to the University the Family’s objections to its current plans. Instead of working with us to address these concerns, the University has simply maintained that its new plan is not at odds with what my Aunt Elizabeth had in mind,” Newell said. The Family strongly disagrees. It is sad and ironic that Johns Hopkins, the University my Aunt was so fond of, has become the type of developer that she tried so hard to protect the Farm from. It is unsettling to think that a Family with the best of intentions to support a University and preserve a farm of historic importance have had their legal rights and donative intent ignored by the gift’s recipient, Johns Hopkins University.”
In 2010, Preservation Maryland, along with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and local historic preservation organizations advocated for the preservation of the historic core of the site and the consideration of reduced density development of the farmstead. We further encourage all involved to ultimately consider the wishes of those who owned and protected Belward Farm before its sale. Stay tuned: we’ll keep you updated on court actions going forward.
UPDATE:This blog was first published in January 2012. In October 2012, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ronald B. Rubin ruled to remove all development restrictions on the property. The family is appealing the decision. Said Tim Newell after the decision; “Institutions should be required to honor donor intent, and our family intends to fight for Belward Farm, Aunt Liz, and donors around the country who trust that their donations will be used as promised.” The struggle continues…
For the latest information on the Belward Farm case, check the website www.scale-it-back.com.
Marilyn Benaderet/Preservation Services Director
Last week preservationists from across the nation came to Washington DC to participate in our annual Lobby Day, which is coordinated by the National Conference for State Historic Preservation Officers and Preservation Action.
I always enjoy the train ride from Baltimore to Washington and bumping into friends and colleagues on their regular commutes to the nation’s capitol. Filing off the train into the grandeur of Union Station and walking across Capitol Hill to the House and Senate office buildings never fails to both impress and inspire me. Talk about the power of place.
Playing the role of a grassroots lobbyist takes both preparation and a fair amount of stamina. This year seven Marylanders, representing the Preservation Maryland, the National Trust, Maryland Historical Trust, Preservation Action, Annapolis Historic District Commission, and University of Maryland Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, split into teams to cover our visits to members of the Maryland delegation. I participated in six visits with House and Senate staffers and calculated that I walked three miles doing so.
Our focus was to ask for support of a $65 million appropriation for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), which funds the work of the State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices to survey the nation’s historic resources and to administer the tax credit and compliance programs. We also asked for support of the Creating American Prosperity through Preservation Act (CAPP), which would enhance the federal rehabilitation tax credit program to make it usable for smaller Main Street scale projects.
We are very fortunate to have strong leadership and support of historic preservation by members of Maryland’s congressional delegation. Last year Senator Cardin became lead sponsor of the CAPP Act and Senator Mikulski was recently appointed chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, which includes oversight of the HPF. Even so, after the President’s budget and CAPP bill are introduced, we’ll need your help to get them passed. So stay tuned.
Preservation Maryland is pleased to announce it has recently awarded Heritage Fund grants totaling $21,500 to nine nonprofit organizations and local governments. The Heritage Fund provides funds for preservation projects and organizations for a variety of purposes – from emergency repairs to case studies – and range from $500 to $5000.
$1,000 Apples United Church of Christ, Frederick Co.
$3,000 Chesapeake Conservancy, Harford/Cecil Co.
$4,000 City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co.
$2,500 Cromwell Valley Park Council, Baltimore Co.
$2,000 Historic Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co.
$2,500 Parks and People Foundation, Baltimore City
$2,000 Royal Oak Community UM Church, Talbot Co.
$3,000 St. Thomas Episcopal Parish, Prince George’s Co.
$1,500 Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Anne Arundel Co.
Below is a round-up of news articles on preservation and heritage issues in Maryland and beyond.
Anne Arundel County
Md. Historical Trust conducting online survey for new historic preservation plan The Republic 2-15-13
Historic Annapolis mansion considers eco-friendly upgrades Baltimore Sun 2-21-13
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Baltimore house up for sale Baltimore Sun 2-1-13
With planned restoration, Hebrew Orphan Asylum to get new life Baltimore Sun 2-3-13
Senator Theatre restoration moving along Baltimore Sun 2-8-13
Planning Commission approves Rotunda redevelopment design Baltimore Sun 2-8-13
Book on War of 1812 in Chesapeake wins Maryland Preservation Award Star Democrat 2-18-13
Back Story: City’s historic black cemetery was moved to Carroll Baltimore Sun 2-21-13
Obituary for William D. Waxter III, securities analyst Baltimore Sun 2-22-13
Remington is making a comeback Baltimore Sun 2-22-13
Historic reconstruction is hard on the ears Baltimore Sun 2-14-13
Historical Society opening private historic homes to the public The Aegis 2-7-13
Historic Perry Hall Mansion Addresses Neighborhood Concerns Perry Hall Patch 2-7-13
Citizens’ ideas sought for changes to historic preservation guidelines My Eastern Shore MD 2-21-13
Frederick County Would Lose $3-Million From Sequester 930 WFMD 2-26-13
Restored, restful Victorian beauty in Havre de Grace Baltimore Sun 2-3-13
Havre de Grace officials plan to acquire waterfront property north of lighthouse Baltimore Sun 2-11-13
Former HCC president funds purchase of painting for Hays-Heighe House Baltimore Sun 2-18-13
Havre de Grace has ambitious, $2.6 million plan to renovate old opera house Baltimore Sun 2-21-13
Meeting focuses on reasons for Ellicott City’s appeal [Mostly Main Street] Baltimore Sun 2-27-13
Kent property added to preservation program My Eastern Shore MD 2-11-13
A romantic getaway that’s one for the books Washington Post 2-3-13
Maryland Congressional Lawmakers Push for Park to Honor Harriet Tubman Afro.com 2-13-13
Learn from a Chesapeake Bay waterman Baltimore Sun 2-19-13
Descendant of My Lady’s Manor makes signs marking historical tract Baltimore Sun 2-26-13