1223 Argyle Avenue

This is a curious old building, tucked away in a residential neighborhood that’s home to some blighted blocks, an apartment complex, and a new-ish suburban-looking subdivision. On further research, it turns out that this property might be the oldest school building in Baltimore City, built in 1858. A shame that once again, the city has […]

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Keeping an Eye on one of Baltimore’s Historic Industrial Sites

The Eigenbrot Brewery is located in the historic Shipley Hill neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore, and is part of Baltimore’s rich industrial history. The brewery closed with the advent of prohibition, in 1920. Several other companies have used the buildings for various other manufacturing endeavors, yet today it remains a forlorn abandoned group of buildings, tucked […]

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1853 W North Avenue: Murder and Abandonment

Property Address: 1853 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner: Marcy Enterprises, Inc. 11106 Savoy Road, Chesterfield, VA 23235 (Corporate charter is forfeited, no resident agent found.) City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby State Senator:  Catherine Pugh State Delegates:  Barbara Robinson, Frank Conaway, Jr., Antonio Hayes Interesting side story to this […]

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Because Preservation Matters

This morning I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and came across this post, about a down-at-the-heels Italianate home that was once quite lovely, but was left to languish. In 1967, along with a few other homes nearby, it was purchased and restored, and was bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation upon the […]

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Six Years Today!

Six years ago today I started a little project…something to keep me busy and focused after being laid off from my job. I had no idea how long the project would last, and I had no idea where it would take me — but I was compelled to push forward. I remember there were days […]

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What’s Your 2015 Housing Resolution?

Reposted from Housing Policy Watch: People make much of the idea of “two cities” in Baltimore — one, affluent and white, and the other is usually labeled as poor and black. This view leaves out the third group: the folks, black and white, who earn around the city’s median income of $40,000 or so, and […]

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