DOB 2018 Itinerary – The Jones Falls Valley

Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory. Photo courtesy Vivian Marie Doering.

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Explore the factories along the Jones Falls, from the textile to the iron industry. See the oldest steel and glass house in the country and its immense variety of plants. And take a look at what people today are making in the valley!


Start/end your tour at the Birroteca (1520 Clipper Rd), which is offering offering 15% discount on all food and beverages for DOB-visitors!

Mill No.1

Located along the Jones Falls, the original textile mill was built in 1847 and rebuilt in 1873 after a fire. The Mount Vernon Company, which operated several mills in the Jones Falls Valley, became the world’s largest producer of cotton duck in the late 19th century, supplying cotton for sails, and supplies for the army. Mill No. 1 has been repurposed as an eco-friendly mixed-use historic renovation complex that includes apartments, offices, a restaurant and new venue space in the historic Picker House.

Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory

The Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory opened in 1888 and is the second oldest steel frame and glass building still used in the United States. The conservatory originally consisted of the historic Palm House and Orchid Room. In the 1920s, production greenhouses were added to support the collection. In 2004, after a major renovation and expansion, the production greenhouses were transformed into three distinct biomes featuring plant material from tropical, desert and Mediterranean climates. Come on a tour of the conservatory and enjoy one of the finest orchid collections on the East Coast!

Biohabitats at The Stables Building

Biohabitats, an organization that applies the science of ecology to restoring ecosystems and habitats is located in the former stables building of the Poole & hunt Foundry. The building features its original stone walls and timber beams, and as part of its restoration, the country’s first “living wall” of lives plants used to filter the air. Every detail of the building is focused on sustainability and the environment.

Gutierrez Studios

This massive space was originally the foundry of the Poole and Hunt Foundry and Machine Works. Built in 1870, it was here that molten iron was shaped into the components of the impressive machines the firm manufactured. The Poole and Hunt legacy lives on with Gutierrez Studios, a firm that provides design, engineering, fabrication and installation services. Explore their 20,000 square foot workshop on a guided tour where the studio’s craftspeople produce high quality products for the built environment, including stools, tables, benches, and lighting, to staircases, signage, sculptures, and even trash cans.

Amaranthine Museum

In 1977, Les Harris began a decade long exploration of the world within the confines of six rooms in a fallout shelter in Baltimore, MD. He created over 300 pieces of art in an installation that envelopes every surface and transports the visitor through time. The entire collection was moved to Clipper Mill where visitors can embark on a journey beginning with contemporary thought and transporting visitors back to before the beginning of man. Come visit this unique museum! The museum entrance is on the backside of the foundry building, down the back walkway.

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