AIABaltimore | The Baltimore Architecture Foundation – May 3, 6, 26
AIABaltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation will offer building tours including the new Open Works maker space (May 6) and the St. Mary’s Seminary and University (May 26). More at http://www.aiabaltimore.org/events/.
Baltimore Heritage – ongoing
Baltimore Heritage offers guided foot tours of Downtown Baltimore’s most famous architectural features. $15/ Baltimore Heritage members, $25/non members. Reservations required. More at www.baltimoreheritage.org.
Baltimore Museum of Industry – June 26
Meet makers of some of the world’s finest furniture, lighting, and decorative accessories and learn how their Maryland-made products set global standards for excellence in craftsmanship and design while creating jobs in Maryland. MADE: In America Chairman James DeLorbe will lead a panel discussion that features Maryland companies Beachley, McLain-Weisand, Niermann-Weeks, C.H. Robertson, Rockland Industries, and Vicco Von Voss. FREE with museum admission. Advance registration suggested. More at www.thebmi.org.
Baltimore National Heritage Area – ongoing
Join knowledgeable Urban Rangers on a walking tour of the Charles Street National Scenic Byway, exploring its fine architecture and world-renowned institutions. Schedule and pricing at www.explorebaltimore.org/walking-tours.
Clifton Mansion and Civic Works – May 21
Civic Works hosts the “Civic Works Tiny House” on Saturday, May 21st. Explore their trendy “tiny house” and learn tips for energy efficiency. Tour Clifton Mansion to see today’s geothermal cooling and heating systems as well as the historic counterseal insulation system. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org. $5 at the door. More at www.civicworks.com.
Evergreen – May 4 and ongoing
Evergreen, a superb example of Gilded Age architecture, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion has 48 opulent rooms filled with the Garrett Family’s extraordinary and eclectic belongings. The Museum and Library are open for general tours. On May 4th, they will host the last lecture in their House Beautiful series: The Costumed and Bejeweled Interior: Léon Bakst as Decorator. Reservations requested. $20/public, $15/members. Seating limited. More at www.museums.jhu.edu.
The Foundery – ongoing
The Foundery is founded around the principles of community, education, and innovation. Their mission is to provide access to industrial grade tools and education, with the goal of sparking innovation. For more information and a schedule of classes visit www.Foundery.com.
Hampton National Historic Site – June 19
Hampton National Historic Site Curator Gregory Weidman presents the fascinating story of how Hampton Mansion was saved and became a unit of the National Park Service in 1948. After her lecture, Ms. Weidman will lead a special tour in the mansion focusing on great examples of Baltimore craftsmanship in the period rooms. 2 PM. Sunday, June 19, The Orangery at Hampton Nation Historic Site. More information at www.nps.gov/hamp.
Homewood Museum – ongoing
Homewood Museum is an architecturally significant National Historic Landmark furnished to represent the Federal era, the Carroll family’s occupancy (1802-1825). The majority of the collection is American, featuring high-quality Baltimore furniture of the period. Visitors learn of the development of Baltimore at this seminal era. Admission and tour information at www.museums.jhu.edu/homewood.
Jewish Museum of Maryland – ongoing
The Jewish Museum of Maryland presents its “All American Synagogue.” Beginning in May, Book, Bell and Candle, a special “detective’s tour” will run every Sunday at 3pm, showing how American craftsman have expressed faith in the Lloyd Street Synagogue through their woodwork, glasswork and furnishings. Additional programs will explore traditions such as Torah writing. More at www.jewishmuseummd.org.
National Great Blacks in Wax Museum – The Bauernschmidt Mansion
Located at 1601-03 East North Avenue this historic mansion was designed by George Frederick, the architect of Baltimore’s city hall, and served as a headquarters for the Bauernshmidt family’s brewing industry. Stewarded by the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, this historic home has served as a manor, brewery, and funeral home. Noted for its relation to post civil-war segregation, the mansion now serves as a museum for Baltimore Black History. The site is not currently open for tours. More at www.GreatBlacksInWax.org.
The Pride of Baltimore II – May
Pride of Baltimore II hosts free deck tours throughout May. The captains and crew will be available to answer questions about Baltimore Clippers, their unique design, use as privateers, and role during the War of 1812. Tour times and additional information at www.pride2.org.
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House – ongoing
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, home and place of business for Mary Pickersgill, maker of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what is now our national anthem, will showcase Baltimore’s decorative arts industry of the 19th century. Admission is $8 for adults. More at www.flaghouse.org.