6-14-11: Greek Revival Revival

June 14, 2011 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

A lot has changed in Jonestown just east of downtown Baltimore. The notorious Flag House Courts public housing complex, built in the mid-1950s, was demolished in February 2001, high-rise and all. Now the street is lined with new brick townhouses.

One thing, though, hasn’t changed in a long, long time: at the corner of Aisquith and Baltimore stands a Greek Revival building with 17-foot tall Doric columns. It was built in 1833—the year that, just a mile away, a 15-year-old slave named Frederick Douglass was reading newspaper articles about abolitionists and studying the speeches of great orators.

Today the building houses the McKim Center, which provides after-school programs, meals for the homeless and elderly, Narcotics Anonymous meetings and more.

The McKim Center has entered the “This Place Matters” Community Challenge, a National Trust for Historic Preservation program that asks the public to vote to fund the restoration of three historically significant buildings.

Today, Sheilah is joined by Dwight Warren, director of the McKim Center, and Eli Pousson, field officer for Baltimore Heritage, which is supporting the McKim Center’s restoration effort.

The deadline to vote in the “This Place Matters” Community Challenge is June 30.

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