“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.
“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.
The last home of the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, you’re often overlooked by locals, historians, and tourists. It’s an unfair fate. You were the palatial final home of Maryland’s most important Founding Father and you are the most successful example of adaptive reuse in Baltimore City.
“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.
Dust off your mashie, buff your niblick, and iron your plus-fours! Join the Baltimore Architecture Foundation on the sylvan tees, fairways, and greens of the Elkridge Club for a classic golf outing, car rally and good time in support of The Baltimore Architecture Foundation.
“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.