The McKim Free School

One winter, many years ago, I used to serve coffee and muffins to homeless people over on East Baltimore Street. They congregated around a building that I fell in love with. It was the McKim Free School, in the historic Jonestown neighborhood.

The Nimble City: Strategies for 21st Century Housing

by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson In his book How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built, author Stewart Brand examines architecture over time. “Almost no buildings adapt well,” Brand writes. “They’re not designed to adapt; also budgeted and financed not to, constructed…

Renovating in Otterbein

By Mary Zajac When Jeff Lauren and Susan Leviton won the lottery for their house at the corner of Lee and Hanover Streets in Otterbein in 1975, there was no Harborplace, no hotels, no stadiums. The only thing standing between…

Federal Hill: Past, Present, and Future

by Dr. Mary Ellen Hayward It started in the spring of 1977—my fascination with the Baltimore rowhouse, that is. Back in Baltimore after finishing a Ph.D. in American Studies at Boston University, I happened to see a flyer in my…