Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance

Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance We are a group dedicated to preserving the stories and places of Hampden through community engagement and action. We are partnered with Baltimore Heritage.

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"Replacement of the Schenuit building with a self-storage facility will compromise Woodberry’s historic character, Natha...
07/29/2020
As Woodberry becomes a historic district, a key historic site is targeted for demolition | Baltimore Brew

"Replacement of the Schenuit building with a self-storage facility will compromise Woodberry’s historic character, Nathan Dennies, chair of the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance, said.

'It’s a shame that such a prominent historic building is planned to be torn down. I’m disappointed that the City Council created an amendment to the Woodberry Historic District that allows the developer to bypass CHAP and replace the factory with a strip-mall-style self-storage facility.'"

Replacing the factory with a self-storage building is made possible by an amendment from the district’s councilman.

Outrageous."The goal of the suit is explicitly stated in the complaint: To intimidate the residents and have a chilling ...
07/25/2020
Clipper Mill developer Larry Jennings files $25 million lawsuit against residents who testified against his projects | Baltimore Brew

Outrageous.

"The goal of the suit is explicitly stated in the complaint: To intimidate the residents and have a chilling effect on free speech and participation in public forums by seeking 'a substantial punitive award. . . to deter such conduct in the future.'"

Critics have cited zoning law and the developer’s character – he says they gave up their right to object when they signed the deed or lease to their residence.

It's shocking that the City would issue a demolition permit when project plans were recently nullified by the Baltimore ...
07/22/2020
Developer lacks approvals, but city issues building permit anyway | Baltimore Brew

It's shocking that the City would issue a demolition permit when project plans were recently nullified by the Baltimore Circuit Court. And as legislation to make Woodberry a local historic district is close to being signed into law.

Despite a court order, Larry Jennings, a very well-connected developer, gets the permits he wants from Baltimore’s housing department.

We're witnessing history here on the Avenue with modern mainstays like Ma Petite Shoe and Hampden Junque closing their b...
05/28/2020
After 25 years, Hampden Junque closes its storefront and becomes a virtual shop

We're witnessing history here on the Avenue with modern mainstays like Ma Petite Shoe and Hampden Junque closing their brick and mortar shops as a result of COVID-19.

"Before the 1990s, W. 36th Street was lined mostly with utilitarian shops and businesses that served the immediate community and offered staples–a food market, bakery, clothing stores, banks, a thrift shop. Many of the merchants were reaching retirement age. Hampden Junque’s space formerly housed Benson’s Hardware Store.

Hampden Junque represented something different–a non-essential business filled with items mostly for fun and amusement, and that celebrated Baltimore. Along with Cafe Hon, its neighbor, it has been been credited with helping spark a retail renaissance for Hampden that brought visitors from other parts of the city and beyond."

After 25 years at 1006 W. 36th St., Hampden Junque is making the transition from a brick-and-mortar store to an online emporium this week. Makarovich said he decided to make the change because of the uncertainly over the store's future due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CHAP's May meeting begins at 1pm and the Tractor Building is on the agenda. Character defining features will be demolish...
05/12/2020
May 12, 2020

CHAP's May meeting begins at 1pm and the Tractor Building is on the agenda. Character defining features will be demolished including the roof, monitors, and at least one of the walls. We are urging CHAP to closely follow its guidelines when assessing major alterations/additions to landmarked buildings. The Tractor Building is one of the largest historic buildings in the neighborhood, and located in the heart of Woodberry.

Please join in and testify if you can.

You may join by computer or smartphone at: https://bmore.webex.com/bmore/onstage/g.php?MTID=e67d3c80e8c202deadd5251e9e60eab07

03/27/2020
Woodberry Community Association

Another huge success! Thank you everyone for your support.

PLANNING COMMISSIONERS APPROVE 6-2 TO ADVANCE the initiative for Woodberry Historic District designation!

Community,
We had no idea how the remote testimony would work or advance.
Needless to say, we had 91 in attendance. If we consider CHAP staff, reporters and Commissioners,we could suggest 70+ (for and against) in participation!!!!! Amazing.

More later on specifics. WELL DONE community. Your flood of letters was rewarding and your participation whether support or opposed is a community in action.

Woodberry Community Association

Advocacy Alert! The Baltimore City Planning Department is holding a virtual hearing to review the Woodberry Local Histor...
03/24/2020
[Advocacy Alert] Virtual Hearing - Woodberry Local Historic District

Advocacy Alert! The Baltimore City Planning Department is holding a virtual hearing to review the Woodberry Local Historic District.

This important hearing will determine the final boundaries and if the legislation will move toward becoming law. We urge everyone to virtually attend in support of this legislation or send written testimony.

If you are unable to participate, you may submit written testimony to [email protected] by 10 am on March 26th. View the full agenda below. The meeting begins at 1:00 pm. The Historic District is #10 on the agenda.  

Show your support for the Woodberry Local Historic District by sending a letter to Councilman Pinkett using the form her...
03/08/2020
Support the Woodberry Historic District Designation

Show your support for the Woodberry Local Historic District by sending a letter to Councilman Pinkett using the form here. Legislation has reached City Council and we're now close to providing Woodberry with the historic protection it deserves.

Funding historic tax credits is a no brainer. It more than pays itself back and preserves our cherished places that cont...
01/16/2020
The Economic Benefits of Maryland's Historic Revitalization Tax Credit Program | The Abell Foundation - Working To Enhance The Quality Of Life In Baltimore And In Maryland.

Funding historic tax credits is a no brainer. It more than pays itself back and preserves our cherished places that contribute so much to livability and sense of place. You can advocate to raise the state historic tax credit cap by supporting our friends at Preservation Maryland. They're in Annapolis advocating for preservation. This tax credit is why so many of our historic mills are preserved today.

January 2020 Maryland has a treasure trove of historically significant buildings that connect us to the past and reflect the unique heritage of the state. Historical buildings are often built with higher-quality materials and construction representing a diversity of architectural styles, adding to t...

Getting underway with the church tour at St. Mary's -- Chesapeake Shakespeare Factory!
12/14/2019

Getting underway with the church tour at St. Mary's -- Chesapeake Shakespeare Factory!

Hooray! Thank you to everyone who has supported this effort so far. We still have a ways to go before the Woodberry Hist...
12/11/2019
Woodberry historic district proposal approved by city board - Baltimore Business Journal

Hooray! Thank you to everyone who has supported this effort so far. We still have a ways to go before the Woodberry Historic District becomes law, but we've cleared an important step in the process. We'll still need your support as this moves forward to the next stage, likely early into the new year.

The designation now must be approved by the Planning Commission and the City Council.

The CHAP hearing is today! Please send a letter using the form below if you haven't already. We need your support!
12/10/2019
Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance

The CHAP hearing is today! Please send a letter using the form below if you haven't already. We need your support!

We're asking for something more important than money this #GivingTuesday. We need your support for the Woodberry Local Historic District. Please send a letter to CHAP using the form below. Your support goes a long way to establishing real protection for historic buildings in the neighborhood. You can also plan to attend the hearing on December 10, 1:00 pm at 417 East Fayette Street, Eighth Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202-3416.

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12/08/2019

Stacie Guerin

Starting the holiday cheer with Julia FitzGerald, wonderful fiddler and friend, and Elise Kress

Are you having a holiday celebration? Why not have some live music? Give us a call at 703-522-2866 or email at [email protected].

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We're asking for something more important than money this #GivingTuesday. We need your support for the Woodberry Local H...
12/03/2019
Support the Woodberry Historic District Designation

We're asking for something more important than money this #GivingTuesday. We need your support for the Woodberry Local Historic District. Please send a letter to CHAP using the form below. Your support goes a long way to establishing real protection for historic buildings in the neighborhood. You can also plan to attend the hearing on December 10, 1:00 pm at 417 East Fayette Street, Eighth Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202-3416.

The second hearing for the Woodberry local historic district is coming up on December 10, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m at the publ...
11/20/2019
Support the Woodberry Historic District Designation

The second hearing for the Woodberry local historic district is coming up on December 10, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m at the public CHAP meeting, 417 East Fayette Street Eighth Floor.

We encourage you to attend if you can. Like the first time around, we need a good showing of public support to push it through. You can also sign on to a letter to CHAP showing your support by following the link below. Written testimony makes a difference. Let's make the Woodberry local historic district a reality! It's the only way to make sure the neighborhood's historic buildings are protected and to give the community a say about future development.

https://secure.everyaction.com/X1KgA4DcuECLxqKkeOH9wQ2

Great bike ride today! Thank you to everyone who stuck it out in the cold to explore the Jones Falls valley. Special tha...
11/17/2019

Great bike ride today! Thank you to everyone who stuck it out in the cold to explore the Jones Falls valley. Special thanks to Bob Wagner for leading the ride!

We couldn't have asked for a better showing at yesterday's CHAP hearing. Thank you to everyone who showed support by att...
10/09/2019
Property owners vote 99 to 41 to make Woodberry a historic district | Baltimore Brew

We couldn't have asked for a better showing at yesterday's CHAP hearing. Thank you to everyone who showed support by attending or sending in testimony. There are still a few hearings to go and we'll need your continued support!

An effort to designate a “hot” real estate market for historic protection is opposed by one person at CHAP hearing – developer Larry Jennings.

This is a reminder that this Tuesday the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will be holding ...
10/06/2019
Support the Woodberry Historic District Designation

This is a reminder that this Tuesday the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will be holding the first hearing on establishing a Woodberry Local Historic District. Use this form to send a letter of support to CHAP. A sample letter will be prepared for you to send right away or personalize.

https://secure.everyaction.com/PyEsO4QNAUmTABZLMFVISg2

You can also attend the hearing in person October 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. (Plan to arrive by 1:45). Location: 417 East Fayette Street, Eighth Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202

Woodberry holds an indelible place in Baltimore's history and needs to be protected for current and future generations. While already designated as a National Register Historic District, that primarily honorary designation offers very little protection from thoughtless demolition and development. By designating Woodberry as a CHAP District, we can help safe guard the important historic fabric in this neighborhood.

Photo: Meadow Mill, courtesy Enoch Pratt Free Library

It's happening! On October 8, the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will be holding the fir...
09/30/2019

It's happening! On October 8, the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will be holding the first hearing on establishing a Woodberry Local Historic District. Use this form to send a letter of support to CHAP. A sample letter will be prepared for you to send right away or personalize.

https://secure.everyaction.com/PyEsO4QNAUmTABZLMFVISg2

You can also attend the hearing in person October 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. (Plan to arrive by 1:45). Location: 417 East Fayette Street, Eighth Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202

Woodberry holds an indelible place in Baltimore's history and needs to be protected for current and future generations. While already designated as a National Register Historic District, that primarily honorary designation offers very little protection from thoughtless demolition and development. By designating Woodberry as a CHAP District, we can help safe guard the important historic fabric in this neighborhood.

Photo: Poole Engineering & Machine Company, Hughes Company Glass Negatives Collection, UMBC

Biggest crowd ever for the chimney swifts! Now waiting for the birds to show up.
09/15/2019

Biggest crowd ever for the chimney swifts! Now waiting for the birds to show up.

Another major project announced while Woodberry seeks a local historic district designation with CHAP. Hopefully we see ...
09/02/2019
Tractor Building conversion plan gets mixed reviews from city design panel

Another major project announced while Woodberry seeks a local historic district designation with CHAP. Hopefully we see a stronger preservation solution.

"CHAP director Eric Holcomb, who did not attend the UDAAP meeting, said afterwards that the preservation commission will likely discuss neighbors’ request to add the Tractor Building to the city’s landmark list at its next meeting on Sept. 10.

If the building is added, any changes to the exterior, up to and including demolition, would have to be approved by CHAP. "

"You've got to be a bit careful that this does not present itself as Disney-esque," a member of UDAAP warned the development team.

We've got some updated stories on Explore Baltimore Heritage. Here's one about Poole & Hunt!
07/20/2019
Poole & Hunt Foundry and Machine Works - Industry and Adaptive Reuse at Clipper Mill | Explore Baltimore Heritage

We've got some updated stories on Explore Baltimore Heritage. Here's one about Poole & Hunt!

At its peak in the late nineteenth century, the Poole & Hunt Foundry and Machine Works employed over 700 people, making it one of the largest employers in the Jones Falls Valley after the textile mills. The company manufactured an impressive array of machinery: turbines, boilers and looms for th...

It's difficult to trust that the community process here will be done in good faith given the betrayal that resulted in t...
07/12/2019
On site of razed mill homes, property owner pushes forward with plans for 52 apartments

It's difficult to trust that the community process here will be done in good faith given the betrayal that resulted in the demolition of the c.1840s stone houses. The only path forward for accountability and oversight with future development is to make Woodberry a local historic district with CHAP. https://baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/on-site-of-razed-mill-homes-property-owner-pushes-forward-with-plans-for-52-apartments/

Woodberry residents got their first look at a revived plan for an apartment building on a site where two historic mill homes were demolished in May.

Exciting news, and take a look at what they used for the photo!
07/12/2019
Food marketplace planned for Baltimore’s Whitehall Mill

Exciting news, and take a look at what they used for the photo!

Owners of Baltimore’s Whitehall Mill plan to bring a new food marketplace to the former factory on Clipper Mill Road, complete with outdoor table service and off-premise catering.

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from your neighbor at 5802 Roland Avenue: December 14, 2019 10 AM – 1 PM, Shabbat Service, Kiddush and discussion by Rabbi Dougls Heifetz --- Does Sibling Rivalry Ever End? We will read and discuss key episodes from the stories of Joseph and his brothers, from this season's Torah readings. The story begins with bitter sibling rivalry. We will follow the story as the tension further develops, peaks and resolves, and we will look for meaningful guidance for overcoming conflict in our world today. Friday, December 27 6:30 – 9pm Doughnuts, Drinks, & Dreidels --- Annual Chanukah Party! Adults only. Bring your creativity and sweet tooth for a doughnut decorating competition, enjoy an eight crazy nights inspired adult beverage and play dreidel. Participate in a community lighting of many menorahs. RSVP by December 22. Free but donations gratefully accepted. January 18, 2020 Saturday 9:30am -12:30 PM Shabbat Service, Kiddush and discussion by Rabbi Dougls Heifetz --- From Shepherd to Leader: Moses' Transformation: The weekly Torah portion (Shemot) includes the narrative of God speaking to Moses at the Burning Bush. How does this incident help to propel Moses from obscurity to the most central role in leadership for the Israelites? What makes a leader? What sorts of experiences prepare one to serve others? We'll also reflect on the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in light of the annual holiday. Congregation Beit Tikvah - Baltimore’s Jewish Reconstructionist Synagogue in Roland Park T: 410-464-9402 E: [email protected] / W:
This a picture of my great aunt and uncle, great grand mother, my father and sister in the back of a house on Elm Ave. My father's parents also lived on Elm Ave I remember going to visit them. Thru Ancestry.com I also found other members of my family who lived in Hampden. I would be more than happy to join to share my experiences and explore the NEW HAMPDEN.
Tonight (Sunday September 15th at 7:00 pm) the Baltimore Bird Club is sponsoring the fall Chimney Swift migration in your neighborhood at the Hampden Bookbindery. Come watch a couple thousand swifts descend into the Bookbindery chimney for their evening roost! All are welcome. Directions: Hampden Bookbindery. From I-83, take the Cold Spring exit headed east to Keswick Road (about 5 lights). Turn right and take Keswick 1.3 miles to 33rdStreet. Turn right on 33rdStreet, then left on Elm Street. Follow Elm Street to the end where it curves to the left and park in the Mill Center parking lot. Then walk back up to the Bookbindery—across from the chain link fence. GPS: If using GPS, search for 3100 Elm Avenue
I am curious about something. I was ready your pamphlet and it talked of Brick Hill and on the map it shows it near Woodberry. I know that Darby Street has always been referred to as Brick Hill as long as I can remember and in the the 1920 census and some before has Darby Street as Brick Hill. But in your pamphlet there is no reference to Darby Street as also being called Brick Hill.
Thought people might find this interesting...
The 19th Annual Baltimore City Historical Society Baltimore History Honors Reception and Program 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Saturday October 27, 2018 Our Saviour Lutheran Church at 3301 The Alameda This BCHS event is free and is open to the public
I enjoyed the cemetery talk today and it occurs to me to mention that there were 2 estates predating Roland Park, near northern Hampden that might have used that hillside also. Oakland and Woodlawn described here, in the same way that Prospect Hill in Towson came from later Epsom Farm
I have indicated that i will attend the St. Mary's tour. How do I register? I would prefer the 11:00 group.
You all might be interested in this. Apparently the Federal Historic Tax Credit is in jeopardy with the tax reform bill. This credit has helped lots of developers redo historic buildings in our area. Here's more info: https://app3.vocusgr.com/WebPublish/controller.aspx?SiteName=AIA&Definition=ViewIssue&IssueID=9589&Login=WT3J6iPgWGPKu8BSnGcRm0XOjvH0%2bZtHbE8mUeiIh%2feaG7cXTXZn5NlvTLnsVkpY