Doors Open Baltimore Stories

See what people are saying about Doors Open Baltimore, the free annual celebration of Baltimore Architecture organized by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and AIABaltimore. Interviews are of visitors to Doors Open Baltimore 2016. We hope you enjoy reading about their experiences!

St James Episcopal Church

Lafayette Square

“A number of years ago we did a series of affordable housing rehabs in West Baltimore close to Lafayette and the neighborhood around Lafayette Square. One day I was coming back, came up the street—I usually go another way—and said, ‘Wow! This is really neat.’ That sort sparked my interest in that whole Victorian neighborhood,” recounts David Gleason, the 2016 West Lafayette Avenue tour guide.

 

A Story Worth Telling

“I had heard so much about West Baltimore in the news over the past year-and-a-half that I wanted to check it out in person on foot. Sure, it’s rundown in parts, but it’s not too different from the better off communities in Baltimore,” says Christopher Berger, who has been a Doors Open Baltimore attendee since 2015.

 

 

Photo of Carroll Mansion staircaseReturning to Baltimore

“When I found out that there was a high vantage point that would be accessible [from the One South Street Tower], I immediately headed to this location. The interior lobby of the building was beautiful with the high ceilings and detailed finishing touches. But to be able to get out at the 20th floor and see a view of Baltimore from there was absolutely amazing.” says Anthony Jordon, Jr., one of our 2016 Buildings You Love Instagram Photo contest winners.

 

Illuminating HistoryBillie Holiday

“I am guilty of under appreciating architecture when independently exploring an area. However, taking tours with clear guides like those present during Doors Open Baltimore illuminates an area’s history. On my own, I would not have drawn the same conclusions,” says 2016 DOB attendee, Jeremy Sanders.

 

 

Call to Action

“I attended the West Lafayette Avenue tour—it was especially interesting to me because for the last several years I have lived in the Marble Hill neighborhood before last year buying and renovating a house near Lafayette Square. On this tour I was hoping to learn more about the rich history of the neighborhoods and also to connect with neighbors who shared my interest in history and architecture,” says Eric Stephenson, a 2016 DOB attendee.

 

More Than a Pile of BricksArabber horse

“I live in New York and came down to Baltimore on the early-morning Megabus for the Doors Open Baltimore event. I had to return the same evening—so I planned it well in advance, and had to choose only two or three sites to explore around city center,” states Jeremy Gage, a returning Doors Open Baltimore attendee.

 

 

irish railroad workers museum interiorSleep Tight

“I hadn’t realized how much history was in Baltimore. Baltimore has received so much bad publicity that unfortunately, that becomes the perceptual set for the city, as well as, the people of the city. It was nice to see different, especially as a black man,” says Robert Butler, one of our 2016 Buildings You Love Instagram Photo contest winners.

 

 

train shot

Father and Son

“I hadn’t realized how much history was in Baltimore. Baltimore has received so much bad publicity that unfortunately, that becomes the perceptual set for the city, as well as, the people of the city. It was nice to see different, especially as a black man,” says Robert Butler, one of our 2016 Buildings You Love Instagram Photo contest winners.