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Baltimore City Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation (CHAP)

CHAP's 50th Anniversary



In 2014, the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

Established by the Mayor and City Council in 1964, CHAP serves Baltimore’s citizens through a variety of neighborhood focused programs. To read more about CHAP’s most recent activities click here.

2013 Report: Conservation of Baltimore City Monuments, Memorials & Sculpture

Annoucements

Lady Baltimore-Battle Monument Conservation Project

See new video of Lady Baltimore-Battle Monument Conservation Project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAwf5uXBDx4

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED BALTIMORE CITY SPECIAL LIST DESIGNATION

Please be advised that the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will consider Baltimore City Special List designation of the following at a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. The Public Hearing will be held in the Phoebe Stanton Conference Room of the Department of Planning, 8th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street. The Hearing schedule is as follows:
                
                              
      1:45 PM               Ambassador Theatre
                                    4604 Liberty Heights Ave


At the hearing, the Commission will consider the historical and architectural significance of the structure in making this determination.

Upon placement on the Special List by CHAP, any exterior change made to the property is subject to CHAP review.  If the Commission determines that proposed plans are inappropriate, the Commissioner of Housing postpones the issuance of a permit for a period not to exceed six months in order to allow CHAP to meet with the applicant and consult civic groups, public agencies and interested parties to ascertain what the City may do to preserve such building.

Please contact the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation at (410) 396-4866 regarding any questions concerning this public hearing or the Special List Designation process.

Please join us to celebrate and rededicate the Historic Monuments to War of 1812 Heroes Samuel Smith

The Ceremony, accompanied by a Military Retreat and lowering of Federal Hill’s distinctive 15-Star Flag, will be performed by the US Army 3rd Infantry’s “Old Guard” Fife and Drum Corps, the Maryland National Guard Honor Guard, and the Maryland Defense Force Buglers.  Governor Martin J. O’Malley will be the presiding official. Former Senator Paul Sarbanes, Congressman John Sarbanes, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and other dignitaries will attend. Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan, Commanding General of the Military District of Washington, will represent the Army. The event is being co-hosted by South Harbor Renaissance, Inc. (a non-profit neighborhood group) and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, with the cooperation of the Maryland Military Monuments Commission and the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.

Celebrating Federal Hill’s Monuments

Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial Projects: Restoration of the Samuel Smith and Armistead Monuments

Monument Conservation Project Report, September 2013

Kathleen Kotarba, Executive Director, Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation
Steven Tatti, S.A.T., Inc., Conservator

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED BALTIMORE CITY LANDMARK DESIGNATION:

Please be advised that the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will consider Baltimore City Landmark List designation of the following at a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. The Public Hearing will be held in the Phoebe Stanton Conference Room of the Department of Planning, 8th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street. The Hearing schedule is as follows:

      1:30 PM          Enoch Pratt House – 201 W. Monument Street 

At the hearing, the Commission will consider the historical and architectural significance of the structure in making this determination.

Baltimore City Landmark designation becomes effective upon the approval of CHAP, the Planning Commission and the Baltimore City Council. Once a property is designated as a City Landmark any exterior change made to the property will require the approval of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. Landmark designation may also qualify this property for state and local historic rehabilitation tax credits.Please contact the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation at (410) 396-4866 regarding any questions concerning this public hearing or the Special List Designation process.

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED BALTIMORE CITY LANDMARK DESIGNATION:

Please be advised that the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will consider Baltimore City Landmark List designation of the following at a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. The Public Hearing will be held in the Phoebe Stanton Conference Room of the Department of Planning, 8th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street. The Hearing schedule is as follows:

1:30 PM Canton Methodist Episcopal Church – 1000 S. Ellwood Ave.
City Council Bill # 13-0244

Messiah English Lutheran Church – 1025 S. Potomac St.
City Council Bill #13-0251

At the hearing, the Commission will consider the historical and architectural significance of the structure in making this determination.

Baltimore City Landmark designation becomes effective upon the approval of CHAP, the Planning Commission and the Baltimore City Council. Once a property is designated as a City Landmark any exterior change made to the property will require the approval of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. Landmark designation may also qualify this property for state and local historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Please contact the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation at (410) 396-4866 regarding any questions concerning this public hearing or the Special List Designation process.

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED BALTIMORE CITY SPECIAL LIST DESIGNATION

Please be advised that the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will consider Baltimore City Landmark and Special List designation of the following at a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The Public Hearing will be held in the Phoebe Stanton Conference Room of the Department of Planning, 8th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street. The Hearing schedule is as follows:

1:30 PM Canton Methodist Episcopal Church – 1000 S. Ellwood Ave. (Special List Designation)

At the hearing, the Commission will consider the historical and architectural significance of the structure in making this determination.

Upon placement on the Special List by CHAP, any exterior change made to the property is subject to CHAP review. If the Commission determines that proposed plans are inappropriate, the Commissioner of Housing postpones the issuance of a permit for a period not to exceed six months in order to allow CHAP to meet with the applicant and consult civic groups, public agencies and interested parties to ascertain what the City may do to preserve such building.

Please contact the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation at (410) 396-4866 regarding any questions concerning this public hearing or the Special List Designation process.

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED BALTIMORE CITY LANDMARK AND SPECIAL LIST DESIGNATIONS:

Please be advised that the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will consider Baltimore City Landmark and Special List designation of the following at a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The Public Hearing will be held in the Phoebe Stanton Conference Room of the Department of Planning, 8th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street. The Hearing schedule is as follows:

 

1:30 PM Monumental Lodge No. 3, Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World – 1528 Madison Ave. (Landmark Designation)

Public School No. 103, Henry Highland Garnet School – 1315 Division St. (Landmark Designation)

Canton Methodist Episcopal Church – 1000 S. Ellwood Ave. (Special List Designation

At the hearing, the Commission will consider the historical and architectural significance of the structure in making this determination.

Baltimore City Landmark designation becomes effective upon the approval of CHAP, the Planning Commission and the Baltimore City Council. Once a property is designated as a City Landmark any exterior change made to the property will require the approval of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. Landmark designation may also qualify this property for state and local historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Upon placement on the Special List by CHAP, any exterior change made to the property is subject to CHAP review. If the Commission determines that proposed plans are inappropriate, the Commissioner of Housing postpones the issuance of a permit for a period not to exceed six months in order to allow CHAP to meet with the applicant and consult civic groups, public agencies and interested parties to ascertain what the City may do to preserve such building.

Please contact the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation at (410) 396-4866 regarding any questions concerning this public hearing or the Landmark and Special List Designation process.

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED SPECIAL LIST DESIGNATIONS

IMPORTANT UPDATE

Please be advised that the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will consider Special List designation of the following at a Public Hearing HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED to be held on Tuesday, JUNE 11, 2013. The Public Hearing will be held in the Phoebe Stanton Conference Room of the Department of Planning, 8th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street. The Hearing schedule is as follows:

Canton Methodist Episcopal Church (Special List Designation)
1000 S. Ellwood Ave.

The time of the hearing will be announced and posted on this website. Please revisit this website for details.

At the hearing, the Commission will consider the historical and architectural significance of the structure in making this determination.

Upon placement on the Special List by CHAP, any exterior change made to the property is subject to CHAP review. If the Commission determines that proposed plans are inappropriate, the Commissioner of Housing postpones the issuance of a permit for a period not to exceed six months in order to allow CHAP to meet with the applicant and consult civic groups, public agencies and interested parties to ascertain what the City may do to preserve such building.

Please contact the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation at (410) 396-4866 regarding any questions concerning this public hearing or the Special List Designation process.

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED BALTIMORE CITY LANDMARK AND SPECIAL LIST DESIGNATIONS

Please be advised that the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will consider Baltimore City Landmark List designation of the following at a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The Public Hearing will be held in the Phoebe Stanton Conference Room of the Department of Planning, 8th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street. The Hearing schedule is as follows:


1:30 PM Cross Keys Valve House - 5106 Falls Road
1645 N. Calhoun Street


 At the hearing, the Commission will consider the historical and architectural significance of the structure in making this determination.


Baltimore City Landmark designation becomes effective upon the approval of CHAP, the Planning Commission and the Baltimore City Council. Once a property is designated as a City Landmark any exterior change made to the property will require the approval of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. Landmark designation may also qualify this property for state and local historic rehabilitation tax credits.  Please contact the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation at (410) 396-4866 regarding any questions concerning this public hearing or the Landmark List Designation process.

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED BALTIMORE CITY LANDMARK AND SPECIAL LIST DESIGNATIONS

Please be advised that the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will consider Baltimore City Landmark List and Special List designation of the following at a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The Public Hearing will be held in the Phoebe Stanton Conference Room of the Department of Planning, 8th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street. The Hearing schedule is as follows:

1:30 PM Florence Crittenton Home (Landmark and Special List Designation)
3110 Crittenton Place

Brinks Building (Landmark Designation)
231 Holliday Street

C.J. Youse Building (Landmark Designation)
235 Holliday Street



At the hearing, the Commission will consider the historical and architectural significance of the structure in making this determination.

Baltimore City Landmark designation becomes effective upon the approval of CHAP, the Planning Commission and the Baltimore City Council. Once a property is designated as a City Landmark any exterior change made to the property will require the approval of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. Landmark designation may also qualify this property for state and local historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Upon placement on the Special List by CHAP, any exterior change made to the property is subject to CHAP review. If the Commission determines that proposed plans are inappropriate, the Commissioner of Housing postpones the issuance of a permit for a period not to exceed six months in order to allow CHAP to meet with the applicant and consult civic groups, public agencies and interested parties to ascertain what the City may do to preserve such building.

Please contact the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation at (410) 396-4866 regarding any questions concerning this public hearing or the Landmark and Special List Designation process.

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED BALTIMORE CITY LANDMARK LIST DESIGNATIONS:

Please be advised that the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will consider Baltimore City Landmark List designation of the following at a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The Public Hearing will be held in the Phoebe Stanton Conference Room of the Department of Planning, 8th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street. The Hearing schedule is as follows:


1:30 PM Old Douglass High School
1645 N. Calhoun Street


Haven Street Factory
101 N. Haven Street

At the hearing, the Commission will consider the historical and architectural significance of the structure in making this determination.

Baltimore City Landmark designation becomes effective upon the approval of CHAP, the Planning Commission and the Baltimore City Council. Once a property is designated as a City Landmark any exterior change made to the property will require the approval of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. Landmark designation may also qualify this property for state and local historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Please contact the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation at (410) 396-4866 regarding any questions concerning this public hearing or the Landmark List Designation process.

CHAP Ordinance Workgroup Meetings

City Ordinance 64-229, effective June 20, 1964, established the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP).  The Ordinance and the CHAP Commission have championed the cause of historic preservation in Baltimore for nearly 50 years.  Baltimore currently boasts 33 locally designated historic districts and over 160 locally designated landmark properties, second in the nation only to New York City in its total number of designated properties.
 
Exterior changes to any locally designated properties require review and approval of CHAP.  As more properties are designated, and more owners and developers take advantage of historic tax credits to finance restoration projects, it is critical that review and approval procedures are clearly spelled out and consistently applied so that those choosing to invest in historic building renovations have a predictable and transparent pathway to permit approval.
 
Purpose of the Workgroup

It has become apparent that some aspects of the current CHAP Ordinance require additional study and clarification.  In recent months, key questions have arisen on a number of topics.  Therefore this workgroup has been established to study the Ordinance, engage key stakeholders for input, and make recommendations to the full Commission and the city Administration for potential changes to the Ordinance to achieve the overarching objectives of clarity, transparency and predictability.

While not exhaustive and subject to addition or revision, the broad categories of topics to be discussed and the proposed dates for these meetings are as follows:

January 22, 2013, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM - Rules, Guidelines and Procedures of CHAP (View Minutes)
February 26, 2013, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM - City-Owned Properties and The Special List (View Minutes)
March 25, 2013, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM - Executive Director and the CHAP Commission (View Minutes)
April 23, 2013, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM - Findings and Draft Recommendations (View Minutes)

May 28, 2013, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM - Final Recommendations

All work group meetings will be held in the Department of Planning, Phoebe Stanton Board Room, 8th floor, 417 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21212.

Baltimore City Celebrates Nine New Landmarks

The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) is pleased to announce designation of nine new Baltimore City Landmarks. This newest group was officially designated by the Mayor and City Council on December 5, 2012. Preserved Landmarks are important because they help to define the physical identity and character for which a community is known. 

Read more about the newest Landmarks by clicking here

Notification of Proposed Baltimore City Landmarks

Please be advised that the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will consider Baltimore City Landmark List designation of the following at a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. The Public Hearing will be held in the Phoebe Stanton Conference Room of the Department of Planning, 8th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street.

The Hearing schedule is as follows:

1:30 PM   Frederick Douglass High School
2103 Gwynns Falls Parkway

At the hearing, the Commission will consider the historical and architectural significance of the structure in making this determination.

Baltimore City Landmark designation becomes effective upon the approval of CHAP, the Planning Commission and the Baltimore City Council. Once a property is designated as a City Landmark any exterior change made to the property will require the approval of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. Landmark designation may also qualify this property for state and local historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Please contact the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation at (410) 396-4866 regarding any questions concerning this public hearing or the Landmark List Designation process.

Recommendations for an Operating, Business and Financial Plan: Edgar Allen Poe House & Museum

Presented to the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore
Department of Planning
Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation

Presented by Cultural Resources Management Group, LLC
Patricia E. Williams, Principal
Thomas M. Costello, Principal
with partners Ann Barton Brown, Ann Barton Brown Company, Robert M. West, Informal Learning Experiences, Inc.

June 15, 2012

Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

The Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) considers it an honor to have served as stewards of the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum since 1978. Under the Commission’s guidance this Baltimore City and National Historic Landmark was successfully restored and then professionally preserved and maintained for more than three decades. This was made possible in no small part by the dedicated service of Museum Curator Jeff Jerome. Jeff’s creativity and leadership originated numerous public events, including the Poe Birthday Celebration, making the Poe House a popular destination for both local residents and international visitors. Most significantly, Jeff Jerome introduced Poe’s Baltimore legacy to new audiences and served as one of the city’s best ambassadors and promoters.

 

Effective September 28, 2012, the operation of the Poe House will be transferred to new leadership. The Commission wishes the new team every success in extending the legacy of this significant Baltimore treasure. For additional information about future plans for the Poe House please visit: www.poeinbaltimore.org.

Baltimore City Landmarks Publication

The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and the Department of Planning are pleased to present the 2012 Baltimore City Landmarks publication. It is a great honor to be listed as a Baltimore City Landmark. These landmarks are among Baltimore’s most significant buildings and properties. They are valuable assets to our City and greatly contribute to the City’s architectural character, rich history, economic vitality, and quality of life. This new publication includes images of each landmark and highlights their unique importance.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Restoration of the Battle Monument

The Nation’s oldest war memorial, including the Lady Baltimore sculpture, will be preserved for future generations.

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a City historic legacy project to restore and preserve the Baltimore Battle Monument, including the Lady Baltimore sculpture. The monument, which is in the center of Calvert Street, across from the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse, commemorates the Battle of Baltimore, which took place September 12-15, 1814, during the War of 1812.

After almost 200 years of exposure to the elements, the Lady Baltimore is extremely fragile and must be relocated to a stable interior environment. The original sculpture will be moved to the Walters Art Museum. A reproduction of Lady Baltimore will be constructed and installed on the monument to replace the fragile original sculpture. The four griffon sculptures will be reconstructed on site, and crucial missing features will be restored...

CHAP Restores Baltimore’s Battle Monument

On September 12 and 13, 1814, Baltimore achieved an incredible victory over the forces of the British. The Battle Monument, begun in September 12, 1815, and completed in 1825, is the first significant war memorial to be built in the United States. It commemorates the sacrifices of those who died in defending the city from the British attack in September of 1814, the same attack which was the occasion for the writing of the National Anthem. It is also the first monument in the United States to honor the common soldier. In preparation for the National Bicentennial Celebration of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the War of 1812, Baltimore’s Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation (CHAP) is completing a comprehensive restoration of the monument. Conservator Steven Tatti, S.A.T., Inc. and his team are working onsite during the months of June and July 2011. As the emblem of Baltimore City, the restored Battle Monument will be a source of civic pride during the National celebration!

For additional information about the Battle Monument Restoration, contact Kathleen G. Kotarba, Executive Director-CHAP in the Department of Planning at kathleen.kotarba@baltimorecity.gov. Read More about the Battle Monument

Contacts

417 East Fayette St., 8th floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 396-4866
(410) 396-PLAN (7526)
Fax: (410) 396-5662