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 owner’s death in 2003.

Baltimore is full of lovely homes that were built in the 1800s and are significant to the history of our city — yet they’re being allowed to decline to the point where some of them may be doomed. Weather and time are not kind to buildings, especially once the roof starts to go. The longer they remain blighted, the less chance they have of being restored, and that once-lovely home is reduced to rubble — either by gravity taking over on its own, or Pless Jones and his backhoe. Neither conclusion is acceptable.

Some properties I would like to see restored and put to good use, either as housing or for the public good (such as community centers, library branches, etc.):

Home of the Friendless, 1313 Druid Hill Avenue

Former home of Henry Sythe Cummings, 1318 Druid Hill Avenue

The Emerson Mansion, 2500 Eutaw Place

Alma Manufacturing, 611-661 S Monroe Street

Upton Mansion, 811 W Lanvale Street

Sellers Mansion, 801 N Arlington Avenue

Preservation isn’t just about saving a building, it’s about cherishing a city’s past, and relegating it to its rightful place of importance. It’s about the stories of the people who lived in these places, and their role in shaping our city.  Please contact your City Council representative and remind them that a city that doesn’t value its history is a city without a future.