Return of the Cultural Historical: Recognizing and Stabilizing Community

October 18 @ 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Green Street Academy, 125 N. Hilton St. Baltimore, MD 21229


Robert E. Lewis Memorial Lecture and Doors Open Baltimore Kick-off Event presented by The Baltimore Architecture Foundation and the AIABaltimore Urban Design Committee

1.5 AIA/CES/HSW LUs available | LA CES available

Join us for a tour of the building before the event! 5:15pm – 6pm. Register at 

Reception: 5:30-6:30pm

Program: 6:30-7:30pm

Speaker: Diane Jones Allen, D. Eng., MLA, ASLA, RLA

While Baltimore possesses a rich legacy of architecture, public parks and historic neighborhoods, the city continues to support policies and practices that exacerbate patterns of under-maintained urban places, disinvestment and distressed neighborhoods.

How can designers, planners, community activists, and city residents augment the admirable charms of the city, while overcoming the city’s persistent challenges?  Join Diane Jones Allen to discuss design strategies and planning tools for overcoming years of disinvestment and abandonment, build on cultural and historic assets, and create opportunities to grow healthy and sustaining communities.

About the speaker

Diane Jones Allen, D. Eng., MLA, ASLA, RLA, has 27-years of experience in professional practice, research, and teaching, focusing on land planning, transportation planning, and large-scale residential and park design projects, as well as community development work. Diane was a tenured professor in Landscape Architecture, at the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She also served as a member of the Baltimore City Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel (UDARP). She is currently Principal Landscape Architect with DesignJones LLC in New Orleans, Louisiana.

On behalf of more than 15,000 members of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), DesignJones LLC was selected to receive the 2016 Community Service Award. Her research and practice is guided by the intersection of environmental justice, identity and sustainability in African-American cultural landscapes, including “Nomadic” responses to “Transit Deserts,” places of increasing transportation demand and limited access, which is the focus of her forth coming book.


Parking is available in the school lot off of Hilton Avenue. Enter at the front of the school.  Street parking is also available.

About Green Street Academy:

The former Gwynns Falls Junior High School, completed in 1925, is a sprawling civic monument in West Baltimore. Designed by the architecture team of Wm. Levering Smith and Howard May – who would go on to conceive 10 Light Street – the construction of this 150,000sf Collegiate Gothic/Tudor Revival campus sparked debates and imaginations among the city’s residents, including top businessmen and journalists. At the time, the Baltimore Sun labeled it the “costliest school” in the city, estimated to require $1,350,000.

The new school was erected by the construction bureau of the Public Improvement Commission, under the supervision of Henry G. Perrin. Concerns over the cost of the building led to the elimination of the swimming pool and courtyard from the proposal in April 1924 and aspects of the project rebid for new estimates.

The school housed students for 60 years until closing in 1985, and since then has become home to the Kingdom Life Church. It was renovated and reopened in fall 2015 as the new home of Green Street Academy, a city charter school with a focus on sustainability and its own CSA. The church will maintain a presence in a portion of the building.

The renovation of Green Street Academy was recently awarded with the 2016 AIA Maryland Public Building of the Year and AIABaltimore Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design.

Architect:  Hord Coplan Macht
General Contractor:  Southway Builders and MCN Build

Thank you to our Sponsors:
The Lewis Family in memory of Robert E. Lewis
The Baltimore Architecture Foundation
Hord Coplan Macht
MCN Build