The Importance Of Baltimore City Landmarks
The buildings and sites that a community preserves help to define the physical identity and character for which a community is known. Our preserved Landmarks reveal our common values, the past that has shaped us and who we are today. Since 1971, the buildings and sites which have been designated as Landmarks by City ordinance include treasured links to the past and the finest architecture that graces our streets. It is the responsibility of the Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation (CHAP) to coordinate the designation process, which can protect these valuable assets. The designation of new Baltimore City Landmarks is an ongoing service of the City of Baltimore.
The Baltimore City Landmark List identifies individual historically significant structures that may or may not be within a local historic district. In making recommendations for new designations, the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) considers the following criteria. The quality of significance in Baltimore history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture is present in districts, sites, buildings, public interiors, structures, and objects that possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, and:
- That are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of Baltimore history; or
- That are associated with the lives of persons significant in Baltimore's past; or
- That embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
- That have yielded or may be likely to yield information important in Baltimore prehistory or history.
The above criteria mirror the National Register Criteria for Evaluation, which were developed by the National Park Service to determine historic significance in American history and culture. CHAP's criteria will determine historic significance in Baltimore history and culture.
A Detail Of Hansa Haus, Waverly Town Hall, And St. Peter The Apostle Roman Catholic Church