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Doors Open Baltimore

October 6 & 7, 2018

Visit Baltimore's most interesting spaces and places during a weekend of architectural adventure!
Free admission to 50+ buildings. Rain or shine!

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Events – Sunday

October 26, 6–7:30pm
Morgan State Business Center

4th Annual Doors Open Baltimore Kick-Off Lecture

Join us for the 4th Annual Doors Open Baltimore Kick-Off Lecture!

Morgan State University Professor Dale Glenwood Green will present research findings on the Life and Legacy of Maryland’s early African American architects. This lecture will showcase Maryland’s African American architects who practiced prior to 1970 with a special focus on their education, experience and emergence.

The lecture will be held in the auditorium of the Earl G. Graves School of Business & Management at Morgan State University, with the support of the Morgan State University School of Architecture + Planning.

October 29, 10am–1pm
At the cannons on top Federal Hill

2017 Doors Open Baltimore Bike Tour

Charlie Murphy (Catonsville Rails to Trails & Bikemore) will once again be leading the Doors Open Baltimore bike ride. Riders will be biking a casual 9 miles, while visiting 8 locations ending back in Federal Hill. The ride will take about 3 hours. We will meet at the the cannons on top of Federal Hill, come early and visit the Cross Street market to grab a bite to eat/drink before we ride. Parking might be difficult near Federal Hill Park so parking near the market at West Street Garage are alternative options. Charlie will bring cue sheets for the ride.

October 29, 9:30am–12:30pm
225 Holliday Street

Doors Open 2017 Bus Tour

From the Peale Museum downtown—the oldest museum building in America—to the Arabber Center off of Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore, there is an abundance of architecture and heritage to explore. As part of Doors Open Baltimore 2017, join Tom Liebel, architect and chair of Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, on a bus tour stopping at six wonderful historic places.

We’ll meet at the Peale Museum near City Hall at 9:30 am and the bus will depart at 10:00 am. We’ll return to the War Memorial (also near City Hall) at 12:00 pm and finish the tour there at 12:30 pm. We hope you can join us!

October 29, 12–1pm
Lovely Lane UMC, 2200 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Tour of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church

Join us for Sunday Service at the Mother Church of American Methodism. Doors are open to all. The service is led by Rev. Dr. Patricia Sebring, and followed by an optional tour of the National Register of Historic Places building (Stanford White, Architect, 1884) and museum.

Available Event Option(s):
Worship Service (No Registration Required): 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Guided Tour: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

October 29, 2–4pm
Sanctuary, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore; 12 W Franklin St, Baltimore, MD 21201

First Unitarian Church of Baltimore Dedication Day Lecture Talk and Reception

Louis C. Tiffany was one of America’s most acclaimed and talented artists and businessmen working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He directed a modern international artistic empire in the design and creation of leaded-glass windows, lamps, blown glass vessels, numerous other objects of luxury, and mosaics—perhaps his most expressive mastery of the medium of glass. Tiffany’s glass mosaic innovations contributed a uniquely American character to the centuries-old art form, defining an aesthetic that remains celebrated today. Kelly Conway will present an in depth look into CMoG’s special new exhibition and publication, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics.

Available Event Option(s):
Lecture Talk: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reception: 3:00 PM – 4:00PM

October 29 10am–12:30pm
5 West North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21201

Tour of the SNF Parkway Theater

See 100 years of movie history at the Parkway! The tour of the Parkway Theatre will give visitors a close look at the unique restoration process the building underwent called a “rescued ruin” where certain architectural and aesthetic elements were retained and embellished to celebrate the history of the theater.

Available Event Option(s):
Guided Tour #1: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Guided Tour #2: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Guided Tour #3: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

October 29, 1–3pm
St. Paul's Cemetery, Shop Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

Tour of St. Paul’s Cemetery in Druid Hill Park

Join Reverend Elliott M. Robertson for the Reformation worship service at Martini Lutheran Church (100 W Henrietta St, Baltimore, MD 21230), then meet him at St. Paul’s Cemetery located in Druid Hill Park for tours of the grounds. He will cover, with attention to each tour group’s interest, the following topics on a walk around the cemetery: Why a church cemetery? Stories of old Baltimore and some specific people buried within the cemetery. What is St. Paul’s Cemetery doing in Druid Hill Park? Details about German and Lutheran Baltimore. The cemetery’s devastation and comeback. The funeral customs in horse and wagon days.

Available Event Option(s):
Worship Service (No Registration Required): 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Guided Tour #1: 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Guided Tour #2: 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

October 29, 1–1:45pm
Washington Monument, Mount Vernon Place, 699 Washington Pl, Baltimore, MD 21201

The Washington Monument Restoration Tour & Discussion

This tour and discussion of the Washington Monument restoration will be led by the consulting architect and the owner from the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. It will discuss the role of the architect in this preservation project and how the architect worked with the Conservancy’s restoration committee to achieve their mutual goals of an historically accurate restoration, and one which was both beautiful and durable.

Free tour and discussion will include the Monument’s exterior and interior gallery space. Monument climbs ($6) can be booked for other times.

October 29, 10am–1pm
1st Floor Lobby entrance, Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Tour of Baltimore Center Stage

Event Description:
Take a behind the scenes tour of Baltimore Center Stage. The theater’s historic home in Mount Vernon recently underwent a comprehensive renovations that created more opportunities for art making and community building, with new public spaces and state-of-the-art audiovisual and lighting technology. This tour will give an exclusive glimpse into the theater’s history, scene shop, costumes shop, lights & sound equipment, and public areas.

Available Event Option(s):
Guided Tour #1: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Guided Tour #2: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Guided Tour #3: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

October 29, 11am–12:45pm
House attached to the Schuler School studio at 7 East Lafayette Avenue, Baltimore

Tour of the Schuler School of Fine Arts

The tour includes a brief history of the studio and school. Participants can see the sketches and maquettes of monuments throughout the city as well as contemporary artwork from the family and faculty.

About the site
The Historic monument studio of Hans Schuler was built in 1906. In 1957 Schuler School of Fine Arts was founded and remains today. It is like walking into a 19th century French Atelier.

October 29, 11am–4pm
Centre Street entrance of The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum Day of the Dead Celebration

Day of the Dead community celebration: A community altar made by Baltimore artist Edgar Reyes will be on view, along with a celebration that will feature a dance performance by Bailes de Mi Tierra, a musical performance, and multiple art-making activities, for all ages.

October 29, 1:30pm–3:30pm
Rawlings Conservatory, North Pavilion

Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory Greenhouse Art Gallery Series

The Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory is the 2nd oldest Victorian Conservatory still in use in the U.S. Our October art exhibit, The Greenhouse Gallery, will feature art created by emerging artists in Baltimore displayed in one of the most beautiful and architecturally interesting spaces in Baltimore.

Available Event Option(s):
Greenhouse Art Gallery: 10 AM – 4 PM
Guided Tour #1: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Guided Tour #2: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

October 29, 11am–12:50pm
614 S. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD

Tour of the Wolfe Street Ship Caulkers’ Houses

These circa 1797 buildings are examples of Baltimore’s earliest rowhomes. The timber frame structures, located at 612-14 S. Wolfe Street, were once part of a series of quadplexes that lined the block. Both houses were placed on Baltimore Heritage’s endangered list in 1996.

Visitors will be able to tour the two properties and observe the early method of construction, see the early 20th century modernizations, and experience the current state of these weathered properties. Visitors will also get a rare view from the back of the properties. The houses are small and the second floors are off limits but the tour will guarantee a concentrated experience of over two centuries of Baltimore’s historical past.

Available Event Option(s):
Guided Tour #1: 11:00 AM – 11:20 PM
Guided Tour #2: 11:45 AM – 12:05 PM
Guided Tour #3: 12:30 PM – 12:50 PM

October 29, 1pm–3pm
On the Steps outside Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church

West Lafayette Avenue/Cultural and Historic Avenue of Potential and Promise through West Baltimore

This walking tour of West Lafayette Avenue will explore the many historical and cultural sites from Park Avenue to Lafayette Square with discussion of the potential role these historical and cultural sites can play in meeting the challenges that face the redevelopment of the Avenue.

The tour will begin at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church located at the southwest corner of Park Avenue and West Lafayette Avenue in Bolton Hill.

October 29, 12pm–2:45pm
NE corner of W Centre Street and Howard Street. 601 N. Howard Street

Walking tour of the Howard Street Corridor

Brian Greenan will host walking tours of a segment of the Howard Street corridor that is located within a National Register Historic District as well as the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District. The tour will focus on the numerous projects underway, as well as other economic development projects in pre-development that are establishing a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood along and near Howard Street.

Available Event Option(s):
Guided Tour #1: 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Guided Tour #2: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

October 29, 12:30pm–3:50pm
Chase Court, 18 East Chase Street, Baltimore, MD

Tour of Chase Court

Take a guided tour of Chase Court, an 1879 Gothic, former Episcopal parish house that is now a wedding and event venue and private residence. This stunning example of an adaptive reuse includes sumptuous secret shade gardens with a pond and pergola; a large ballroom with a working fireplace and huge, arched diamond-leaded-glass windows, delightfully intricate historic woodwork, and 15′ ceilings; and the former chapel, now loft-style living quarters, successfully combining incredible contemporary and gothic architecture, with magnificent leaded and stained windows and a stunning wooden cathedral ceiling, soaring 35′ to its peak.

Available Event Option(s):
Guided Tour #1: 12:30 PM – 12:50 PM
Guided Tour #2: 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Guided Tour #3: 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM
Guided Tour #4: 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM
Guided Tour #5: 2:30 PM – 2:50 PM
Guided Tour #6: 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM
Guided Tour #7: 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

October 29, 1pm–2pm
Seated Lion Statue in Front of Hackerman House; 1 W Mt Vernon Pl, West Park, Baltimore, MD 21201

Mount Vernon Walking Tour

Take a Walking Tour of Mount Vernon Place with Lisa Keir and learn how Baltimore’s finest 19th century residential community was created. See the progression of architectural styles of the magnificent townhouses, once homes to wealthy industrialists. Meet at the Seated Lion statue in Mount Vernon Place’s West Park (in front of the Hackerman House).

October 29, 10am–10:45am
203 N. Amity Street

The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum Tour

Private tour of The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. Poe and family lived in this small house on N. Amity Street, where he penned some of his early works.

About Poe Baltimore
Poe Baltimore is committed to enriching the experience of visitors to Baltimore, who come to witness the city that inspired Edgar Allan Poe and his intellectual and literary heirs. We are committed to protecting, preserving and celebrating the rich history of the city, the house, and the legacy of one of our most beloved denizens.

October 29, 12pm–3:45pm
Front Entrance, 2031 Clipper Park Road, Baltimore, MD

Tour of the Assembly Building at Clipper Mill

In the 1800s, the area now known as Clipper Mill, was famous for the largest machine shop in the country called the Poole & Hunt Foundry and Machine Works. Machinery produced in these immense structures powered the Industrial Revolution from steam engines to locomotive parts. In the 1860s, its furnaces melted iron to cast the 36 columns and brackets that now support the dome of the U.S. Capitol. However, in 1995, an eight-alarm fire nearly destroyed the remaining Assembly Building. More recently, the remaining Clipper Mill has been revitalized and is now home to a vibrant residential and commercial hub.—–We will tour Clipper Mill and feature an art display by the artist, Charlie Barton.

Available Event Option(s):
Guided Tour #1: 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Guided Tour #2: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

October 29, 10am–11:30am
1414 North Wolfe St., Baltimore, MD 21213

Tour of Baltimore Food Hub

The Baltimore Food Hub project is a $23.5 million historic renovation project situated on a 3.5-acre campus that was once the city’s Eastern Pumping Station. It will create dozens of jobs in Baltimore’s Broadway East community, bring new life to a brownfield site in a disinvested urban area, and provide opportunities for microenterprise, workforce development, education, and economic opportunity. The campus will include teaching and commercial production kitchens, space for food manufacturing, job training, an urban farming operation and an all-season market. By co-locating food businesses on a single campus, it plants a new economic engine in East Baltimore, providing jobs and healthy food access while restoring beautiful gateways into Baltimore City.

Available Event Option(s):
Guided Tour #1: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Guided Tour #2: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Guided Tour #3: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

October 29, 11am–3:45pm
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore MD 21202

Jewish Museum of Maryland Tour

Join us to explore the Lloyd Street Synagogue, the oldest Synagogue in Maryland and the third oldest Synagogue in the whole of the U.S.

Available Event Option(s):
Guided Tour #1: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Guided Tour #2: 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Guided Tour #3: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Guided Tour #3: 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

October 29, 2pm–3pm
Harbor Point Central Plaza, 1310 Point Street

Walking Tour of Harbor Point

A former manufacturing site, Harbor Point is currently undergoing a transformation into a vibrant, highly integrated neighborhood with a focus on sustainability and innovation. This tour will focus on projects currently under development at Harbor Point and offer attendees a sneak peek at what’s to come.

This is an outdoor walking tour – attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes. Plenty of parking available on site at a reduced $4 rate!

October 29, 12pm–1pm
Westminster Hall at the corner of Fayette & Greene Sts.

Tour of the Westminster Burying Ground, Catacombs and Hall

The tour will include information on the famous people from the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 who are interred in this national landmark. Since Edgar Allan Poe is the most famous resident in this cemetery Mr. Jerome will also discuss why Poe wrote such tales of horror and terror. Examples of premature burial, grave robbing and body snatching will also be discussed. Participants will also have of the option of viewing the interior of an ancient tomb. Hear the riddle of the Poe Toaster and see Poe’s two grave sites. For those interested, Westminster Hall (which is a rental facility) and the restored 1882 pipe organ will also be available for viewing.

October 29, 12pm–3:30pm
Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum House 1320 N. Eutaw Place

Historic Pennsylvania Ave Heritage Trail Tour

This walking tour of Historic Pennsylvania Ave will highlight the history of the neighborhood and the remaining heritage sites that mark the legacy and vibrancy of this once predominately African American community.

Available Event Option(s):
Guided Tour #1: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Guided Tour #2: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

October 29, 12pm–4pm
924 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Tour of The Elephant – from residence to retail to restaurant

Join us for a tour of the Mount Vernon restaurant, The Elephant, located in an 1850’s midtown mansion in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. Adorned with decorative arts by Tiffany, De Forrest, Waterford, and Rinehart, The Elephant — recognized as one of the region’s “Top Ten Restaurants” – serves globally inspired cuisine and handcrafted classic cocktails. Tour goers will see and learn about how this iconic building evolved over the years from a residence to retail showroom to a restaurant.

Available Event Option(s):
Guided Tour #1: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Guided Tour #2: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Guided Tour #3: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

October 29, 12:30pm–3:15pm
Visitor Services Desk (Museum entrance is on Park Avenue between W Monument St and W Centre Street) 201 W Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Maryland Historical Society Tour

The Maryland Historical Society museum features an extensive collection that celebrates Maryland’s rich and diverse history, from 18th- and 19th-century paintings and silver to 20th-century objects of everyday life. This guided tour, led by their Education Department staff, will feature the highlights of the Maryland Historical Society museum exhibitions.

Available Event Option(s):
Guided Tour #1: 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Guided Tour #2: 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Guided Tour #3: 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

October 29, 1pm
Hippodrome Theatre Box Office

Tour of the Hippodrome Theatre

Take a behind the scenes tour of the Hippodrome Theatre! Designed by notable theatre architect, Thomas Lamb, the Hippodrome hosted vaudeville and movies from 1914 until 1959. During its Golden Age, 30,000 people were entertained by stars like Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope. Throughout the last half of the 20th century, attendance declined and the Hippodrome finally shut its doors in 1990. 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.

October 29, 2:30pm–4pm
100 Dolphin St. (Corner of W. Mount Royal Ave)

Tour of the MICA Dolphin Design Center

Explore MICA’s newest building, the Dolphin Design Center, which opened this academic year. The five-story structure, designed by GWWO Inc./Architects, is home to MICA’s Product Design, Game Design, and Architectural Design programs. Designed to be highly collaborative and to emphasize cross-disciplinary inquiry, the building houses state-of-the-art labs, classrooms and offices, as well as shared collaborative learning and social spaces. The Design Center will be a hub for exploring the social, material, and economic dimensions of contemporary design and fabrication.

Available Event Option(s):

Guided Tour #1: 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Guided Tour #2: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Guided Tour #3: 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

October 29, 1–2pm
10 E. North Avenue, MD 21218

Tour of Centre Theatre

Join Charlie Duff for a tour of the historic Centre Theatre!

This $19 million project converted a 66,000-sf vacant building into a thriving center for arts and innovation. The Centre is now home to the film programs of Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art, The Baltimore Jewelry Center, Sparkypants Studios, The Impact Hub and The Center for Neighborhoods, a collaborative work space for nonprofits that serve Baltimore neighborhoods.