4-4-12: What Do You Do With a Shot Tower When It Stops Being a Shot Tower?
For the historic buildings of Baltimore—when is the city the best landlord? And when would those buildings benefit from having private owners?
That’s the question a lot of people are pondering after the city announced recently that it’s hiring an Annapolis-based firm to appraise the value and condition of 15 historic city-owned buildings. Some of the buildings are currently leased by organizations, such as Orianda House, which is used by the non-profit group Outward Bound; others stand vacant; and several, such as the Valve House at Clifton Park, are in various stages of disrepair.
Tom Hall talks about the possible uses for these buildings with architect, architectural historian, and city planner Charlie Duff. He’s the president of the neighborhood revitalization group Jubilee Baltimore.
The 15 buildings to be appraised are the Peale Museum, the Eastern Avenue Pumping Station, Upton Mansion, Roland Park Water Tower, West Arlington Water Tower, Engine House No. 6 on Gay Street, Cylburn House and Park, McKim Free School, the War Memorial, the Old Town Friends’ Meeting House, President Street (Railroad) Station, Superintendent’s House at Clifton Park, Valve House at Clifton Park, and Orianda Mansion, Crimea Estate in Leakin Park.
NOTE: An earlier version of the web copy stated that the Shot Tower is vacant–that was incorrect. It’s operated by Carroll Museums, and is available for tours.