Baltimore is full of architectural gems dating from the 18th century to the 21st. While you’re exploring the city during Doors Open Baltimore, make sure to stop by these award winning projects, recognized by the American Institute of Architects Baltimore Chapter (AIABaltimore).
View the 2017 Excellence in Design Awards winners on the AIABaltimore website.
Participating 2017 AIABaltimore Excellence in Design Awards Winners
The SNF Parkway – 2017 Grand Design Award Winner
Explore the latest in Design Awards excellence with guided tours on Saturday, October 28. Register now as tickets are going fast, the Sunday tours are already sold out!
Baltimore Center Stage – 2017 Design Award Winner
Cho Benn Holback + Associates, a Quinn Evans Company
Peek inside the comprehensive Center Stage renovation that encompasses 105,000 sf over five floors and includes three performance venues, a re-organization of public space, and a complete overhaul of mechanical and electrical infrastructure. In 1991, The Head Theatre, designed by Ziger, Hoopes & Snead, Inc., received a design award and in 1980 received another award for work done by James R Grieves Association, Inc.. Center Stage will be open during the open house day on Saturday, October 28 and for guided tours on Sunday, October 29.
Participating Past AIABaltimore Excellence in Design Awards Winners
The Centre Theatre – 2016 Design Award Honorable Mention
The award winning Centre Theatre renovation will be open for a guided tour on Sunday, October 29. This $19 million project converted a 66,000-sf vacant building into a thriving center for arts and innovation.
The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy Washington Monument Restoration – 2015 Michael F. Trostel, FAIA, Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
Sandra Vicchio & Assoc. LLC
Explore the recently renovated Washington Monument on a tour on Sunday, October 29 led by the consulting architect Sandra Vicchio and Dr. Lance Humphries of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.
The Baltimore Jewelry Center – 2015 Design Award Honorable Mention
Alexander Design Studio
Located in the historic Centre Theatre, the Baltimore Jewelry Center is the preeminent independent jewelry and metalsmithing program in the Mid-Atlantic. The jewelry center offers classes, workshops and studio space to both new and established designers.
Chase Brexton Healthcare – 2014 Design Award Honorable Mention
Marks, Thomas Architects
A major renovation was undertaken to transform the Monumental Life building to meet the needs of its new owner while maintaining its historic fabric.See the original wood-paneled 1928 boardroom was fully restored after being subdivided into offices during previous renovations. Be sure to visit the nearly 100 year old vault below the main floor!
Lloyd Street Synagogue Renovation -2011 Michael F. Trostel, FAIA, Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
Charlie Brickbauer, AIA/JRS Architects, Inc.
Tour the award-winning restoration of the oldest synagogue in Maryland with the Jewish Museum of Maryland on Sunday, October 29.
Humanim at American Brewery – 2009 Design Award and Michael F. Trostel, FAIA, Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
Cho Benn Holback + Associates
For over 30 years the building remained vacant until Humanim renovated the five story building and made it their Baltimore headquarters. Humanim provides workforce development services with barriers to employment. Come see the historic architectural elements of this building on tours with the architects!
Clipper Mill – 2007 Michael F. Trostel, FAIA, Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
Cho Benn Holback + Associates
In 1995, an eight alarm fire destroyed and damaged a number of the mill buildings. The development firm Stuever Bros. Eccles & Rouse renovated the site while preserving much of the history of the mill buildings. Now known as Clipper Mill, the complex is a thriving mixture of residences, offices, shops, restaurants and artists. In addition to the open house on October 28 at MCA Architects and Gutierrez Studios, tours will be offered on Sunday, October 29.
Hippodrome Theatre Restoration – 2005 Michael F. Trostel, FAIA, Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
Murphy & Dittenhafer, Inc/SMG Architects
Take a behind the scenes tour of the Hippodrome on Sunday, October 29! After an extensive renovation which included combing the theatre with two turn of the 20th century bank buildings the Hippodrome reopened in 2004 as part of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center.
Maryland Historical Society and Entry Addition – 2004 Design Award
The Doors Open Baltimore Info Hub is also a design award winning project! Stop by on Saturday, October 28 to grab your pocket guide and stick around to explore the museum. Tours will also be available on Sunday, October 29.
The Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center- 1996 Design Award
Cho, Wilks & Benn Architects
The Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center, housed in the old Baltimore School of Dental Surgery, features performances, exhibits, film series, dance workshops, speakers, youth programs and rental space.
Shot Tower/ Market Place Station – 1995 Design Award
DKP Joint Venture/ DMJM
The Shot Tower has been around for much longer than 1995—that was the year the metro stop was added. While exploring the Shot Tower, why not check out the metro station too? It’s a great way to get around the city!
The Walters Art Gallery, 1904 Wing – 1988 Design Award
James R. Grieves and Associates
Explore the Walters Art Gallery during Doors Open Baltimore. The Walters will be offering special architectural tours of the galleries.