Maryland awards over $9 million in tax credits to revitalize historical buildings

Maryland has awarded more than $9 million in tax credits to revitalize and preserve historic buildings.

After fielding requests from 11 applicants, the Maryland Historical Trust selected seven projects across the state to receive 2021 tax credits for historical building rehabilitations. Three are located in Baltimore, two in Dorchester County and one each in Frederick and Washington counties.

“The Historic Revitalization Tax Credit is yet another one of our effective investment tools for strengthening Maryland’s local economies,” Hogan said in a Monday news release detailing the tax credits. “The seven projects awarded this year will bring new housing, commercial and arts opportunities through redevelopment across Maryland.”

The credit has invested more than $412 million to offset costs in rehabilitation projects statewide since 1996, with improvements made to 5,075 homeowner and 772 commercial historic structures in urban, suburban and rural communities. Credits are evaluated and awarded based on a set of criteria on historical buildings from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

See 2021’s recipients below:

P.S. Henry Highland Garnet School

Division Street, Baltimore City. Awarded just under $1.4 million.

With notable alumni including Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, this school remains one of the last remaining historic structures in Baltimore’s Old West Historic District. Rehabilitation seeks to make it a space for public meetings, community programming, offices and historic memorabilia relating to Justice Marshall and the late Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Baltimore Traction Company Car Barn

South Central Avenue, Baltimore City. Awarded $3 million.

Built in the late 19th century, this classic revival-style barn is an important landmark in the development of Baltimore’s cable and electric streetcar system. It served as both a car barn and a powerhouse; a rehabilitation project pegged at $15 million will transform the existing building into mixed commercial use including retail, offices and community programming.

Eastern Pumping Station

East Oliver Street, Baltimore City. Awarded just over $3.3 million.

This six-building complex was a node for Baltimore’s water supply and distribution system while the city expanded around the turn of the 20th century. The city seeks to repurpose it as the Baltimore Food Hub, which the Maryland Historical Trust describes as “a campus designed to bring jobs and neighborhood amenities back to this neighborhood.”

110-116 N. Potomac Street

North Potomac Street, Washington County. Awarded $440,000.

Described as one of Hagerstown’s last surviving 19th century commercial facades, these buildings will be revitalized for continued retail use with upper floors set aside for residential use. A carriage house will also be made available for housing with a stable becoming a garage and storage space.

The Academy School

Mill Street, Dorchester County. Awarded $250,000 awarded.

Dating back to 1903, this solid brick building was billed as the first fireproof school after a previous structure in the same place burned down. The school building has been vacant for almost two decades and will be converted to residential use through a project estimated to cost $1.25 million.

Buckingham House and Industrial School Complex

Buckeystown Pike, Frederick County. Awarded $760,000.

This barn is described as a rare example of “an intact minimally timber framed interior” and one of 13 buildings on site which served as an industrial trade school for boys. A $3.8 million project seeks to open the barn up as a meeting house with a lower-level dining hall.

Stevens Smith & Co. Building

421 Race Street, Dorchester County.

Part of Cambridge’s historical district, previous alterations to this currently vacant storefront preserved its barrel-vaulted ceiling with decorative leaded glass. A $1.4 million planned restoration seeks to bring back its original facade using historical photographs. The upper floor will be set aside for residential use.

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