Announcement: CHAP operations during the Covid-19 Emergency 

During this emergency, CHAP staff is working remotely, continuing to review Applications for Authorization to Proceed, building permits, and Historic Tax Credit Applications, and responding to inquiries from the public. Although our physical office is closed, you may still reach members of the CHAP staff by their office phone and Baltimore City email addresses. You can find CHAP's contact information here. At the April 14, 2020 CHAP Hearing, the Commission voted in favor of amending the official Rules to allow for remote hearings. CHAP Hearings will be held virtually until further notice. Please continue to check our website or subscribe to our email alerts to stay up to date.

Woodberry Local Historic District

On June 9, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. the Baltimore City Council Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing to consider City Council Bill 20-0502 for the purpose of designating the area located within certain boundaries as the Woodberry Historic District. This bill was introduced by the Council President at the request of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP). The hearing will be held via REMOTE VIDEO CONFERENCE. Interested parties are welcome to join
through either:

1) Video conference - or
2) Phone - 1-408-418-9388, Access Code: 716 456 048, Password: Housing

To date, there have been three previous public hearings on the proposed Woodberry Local Historic District:

  • October 8, 2019 – CHAP Hearing
  • December 12, 2019 – CHAP Hearing
  • March 26, 2020 – Planning Commission Hearing

Value of Local Historic Districts

Why are local historic districts important in Baltimore City? What value do they add beyond that to the built environment? These questions and more are anwered by consultant Place Economics, in a portion of the draft report  An Analysis of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit in Baltimore provided here.

CHAP Findings on 2216 Druid Hill Avenue (aka the Cab Calloway House)

In May 2019, the staff of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) received requests to temporarily designate 2216 Druid Hill Avenue as a landmark in order to prevent demolition while people built a coalition to save it. The requestors informed staff that world-renowned entertainer Cab Calloway lived at this address during his youth in Baltimore. Following investigations by CHAP staff over several months in 2019, the Commission declined to pursue landmark designation for this property. Based on the findings of staff’s in-depth research about Cab, his family, and their residences in Baltimore, 2216 Druid Hill Avenue is not recommended as the best site to honor Cab Calloway’s legacy in Baltimore. Instead, staff has determined that other sites would be better to honor and celebrate the legacy of Blanche and Cab Calloway. CHAP staff is now currently working with its city partners, neighborhood stakeholders, and other partners to not only celebrate the legacy of Cab and Blanche Calloway, but to celebrate the history and culture of this community. Read more here

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