** Important Update** Due to the inclement weather in the forecast, the CHAP Hearing for Tuesday, March 14th has been cancelled. The agenda item will be reviewed at the April Commission Hearing.
Federal Hill Local Historic District Designation
In coordination with the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) is pleased to announce that Federal Hill is being considered for local historic district designation. For more information about the process, click here!
Send CHAP a Valentine!
This February CHAP needs your help adding un-listed properties to the Baltimore Inventory of Historic Places. Is there a historic building, site, or structure in Baltimore that has captured your eye but isn’t currently listed in a CHAP Historic District, as a CHAP Landmark, or on the National Register of Historic Places? Show your love for a significant, un-listed historic place by completing some basic historic documentation! Candy and flowers may be nice for your sweetheart, but historic places really appreciate being researched and photographed by their admirers. Some quick directions are below.
- See if the property is already listed. Check cityview.baltimorecity.gov and search for the property in question. Under the “Find” option on the left side type the following options, and if the property is already listed as one of these choose another great building; Historic Landmarks, CHAP Historic District, Historic Site - National Register.
- Complete the pdf Inventory form, available here.
- This will require a brief history of the building. Baltimore Heritage has some great tips on how to research properties in Baltimore. We recommend you use their website as a starting point if you’re new to historic research, http://baltimoreheritage.org/resources/research-guide/(External Link).
- The form also requires a building description. If you haven’t completed an architectural description yet, don’t over think it! A simple clear description is best for this quick tool.
- Attach clear, current photographs of the building (a photo from your smart phone will work!).
- Email the completed application and photographs to [email protected](Email Link).
If you’re interest in expounding upon you love for the historic site in question, consider completing a Love Letter to the property through the Baltimore Architecture Foundation -http://baltimorearchitecture.org/love-letters-to-baltimore-buildings/(External Link)
Mayor Creates Commission To Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments
On June 30, 2015, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the creation of a special commission to review all of Baltimore’s Confederate statues and historical assets. Mayor Rawlings-Blake has directed the special commission to launch a conversation about each of the different Confederate-era monuments and other historical assets and make recommendations for their future in Baltimore. The Commission is comprised of four members from the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), three members from the Baltimore City Public Arts Commission, and a Mayoral staff representative. Over the next six months, the commission will conduct a thorough review of Confederate monuments on City-owned property including gathering research and soliciting public testimony. The commission will hold four public meetings, including at least one in which feedback from the community will be solicited. Public comments are also welcome via mail or email. The commission's report and recommendations are expected to be delivered to the Mayor by early 2016.
CHAP Adopts Revised Rules & Regulations and Design Guidelines
At the December 8th, 2015 hearing of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, the Commission voted to adopt the revised Baltimore City Historic Preservation Rules & Regulations and Baltimore City Historic Preservation Design Guidelines. The Commission undertook a year-long revision process, reviewing the proposed revisions at its regular public hearings. To view the final documents, please click here.
CHAP Revamps Article Six Of The Baltimore City Code
Mayor and City Council have recently passed Ordinance 15-408 which revises Article Six of the Baltimore City Code. A committee of CHAP commissioners, city staff and city stakeholders worked for several years to update the code that governs the powers, duties, and functions of CHAP. Several changes have occurred:
• The Special List has been replaced by the Potential Landmark List, allowing temporary protections to buildings during Landmark designation process,
• Creation of a non-regulatory Historic Resources Inventory,
• Clarifying CHAP’s role in reviewing city-owned structures, and
• Clarifying historic district designation process.
The revisions to Article Six of the Baltimore City Code will allow for greater efficiency and clarity in the roles and duties of CHAP and will altogether strengthen historic preservation in Baltimore.