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The Baltimore City Department of Finance recently mailed notifications to owners of properties that have an open historic tax credit application on file that was approved at least 2 years ago. If you received this notice and have an active or completed project, you must send the Extension Request Form to the Department of Finance by February 15, 2016 to receive a 2 year extension on the project and to be considered for final certification. Applications that do not receive extensions will be revoked and will not be eligible for certification after February 15th, 2016.

-If you are still working on your rehabilitation project, mail the Extension Request Form and notify CHAP that your project is still underway via email: [email protected]
-If you have completed your rehabilitation project and would like to be certified for the credit, mail the Extension Request Form and follow the instructions in the Final Certification Online Submission Process flyer.
-If this project is no longer active or was abandoned and you are not interested in an extension, take no further action.
-If you have further questions about your project or the credit, please visit the website or contact the CHAP staff at [email protected] or 410-396-4866.
Please be sure to provide the property address in any correspondence.

Local Historic District Designation

In coordination with the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) is pleased to announce that Federal Hill is being considered for local historic district designation. For more information, click here!



This February CHAP needs your help adding un-listed properties to the Baltimore Inventory of Historic Places. Is there a historic building, site, or structure in Baltimore that has captured your eye but isn’t currently listed in a CHAP Historic District, as a CHAP Landmark, or on the National Register of Historic Places? Show your love for a significant, un-listed historic place by completing some basic historic documentation! Candy and flowers may be nice for your sweetheart, but historic places really appreciate being researched and photographed by their admirers. Some quick directions are below.

1. See if the property is already listed. Check and search for the property in question. Under the “Find” option on the left side type the following options, and if the property is already listed as one of these choose another great building; Historic Landmarks, CHAP Historic District, Historic Site - National Register.

2. Complete the pdf Inventory form, available here.

a. This will require a brief history of the building. Baltimore Heritage has some great tips on how to research properties in Baltimore. We recommend you use their website as a starting point if you’re new to historic research,

b. The form also requires a building description. If you haven’t completed an architectural description yet, don’t over think it! A simple clear description is best for this quick tool.

3. Attach clear, current photographs of the building (a photo from your smart phone will work!).

4. Email the completed application and photographs to [email protected].

If you’re interest in expounding upon you love for the historic site in question, consider completing a Love Letter to the property through the Baltimore Architecture Foundation - 


Mayor Creates Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments

On June 30, 2015, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the creation of a special commission to review all of Baltimore’s Confederate statues and historical assets. Mayor Rawlings-Blake has directed the special commission to launch a conversation about each of the different Confederate-era monuments and other historical assets and make recommendations for their future in Baltimore. The Commission is comprised of four members from the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), three members from the Baltimore City Public Arts Commission, and a Mayoral staff representative. Over the next six months, the commission will conduct a thorough review of Confederate monuments on City-owned property including gathering research and soliciting public testimony. The commission will hold four public meetings, including at least one in which feedback from the community will be solicited. Public comments are also welcome via mail or email. The commission's report and recommendations are expected to be delivered to the Mayor by early 2016.

Visit to learn more about this Commission and provide your comments.


UPDATE: CHAP Adopts Revised Historic Preservation Rules & Regulations and Historic Preservation Design Guidelines

At the December 8th, 2015 hearing of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, the Commission voted to adopt the revised Baltimore City Historic Preservation Rules & Regulations and Baltimore City Historic Preservation Design Guidelines. The Commission undertook a year-long revision process, reviewing the proposed revisions at its regular public hearings. To view the final documents, please click here.


The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation revamps Article Six of the Baltimore City Code

Mayor and City Council have recently passed Ordinance 15-408 which revises Article Six of the Baltimore City Code.  A committee of CHAP commissioners, city staff and city stakeholders worked for several years to update the code that governs the powers, duties, and functions of CHAP.   Several changes have occurred:

• The Special List has been replaced by the Potential Landmark List, allowing temporary protections to buildings during Landmark designation process,

• Creation of a non-regulatory Historic Resources Inventory,

• Clarifying CHAP’s role in reviewing city-owned structures, and 

• Clarifying historic district designation process.  

The revisions to Article Six of the Baltimore City Code will allow for greater efficiency and clarity in the roles and duties of CHAP and will altogether strengthen historic preservation in Baltimore. 

Click here to download the document.


50th Anniversary Celebration & Exhibit Opening

Join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, CHAP Commissioners and Staff, and the Department of Planning in celebrating CHAP’s 50 years and the opening of the exhibit "Foundation for the Future: 50 Years of The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation."

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CHAP's 50th Anniversary

In 2014, the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

Established by the Mayor and City Council in 1964, CHAP serves Baltimore’s citizens through a variety of neighborhood focused programs. To read more about CHAP’s most recent activities click here.

2013 Report: Conservation of Baltimore City Monuments, Memorials & Sculpture


CHAP Updates Guidelines to Address Lead-based Paint Hazards

The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) has updated its Procedures and Guidelines to address lead-based paint hazards, taking a leadership role among Preservation Commissions nationwide in addressing this issue. These updates were made following a 2+ year study of this issue, which included consultation with various stakeholders, such as health officials, preservationists, citizens, and government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. CHAP’s goal in updating the Guidelines is to allow for a reasonable, informed process to consider the replacement of architectural features that are contaminated by lead-based paint and could pose a health threat. All applications for replacement of features due to lead-based paint will be considered by the full Commission until further notice.

Chapter 8 - Design Guidelines for Historic Buildings
Chapter 9 - Design Guidelines for Interior Landmarks

3110 Crittenton Place

Plans submitted for May 10, 2014 CHAP Hearing on 3110 Crittenton Place.

Click here to download them.

Lady Baltimore-Battle Monument Conservation Project

See new video of Lady Baltimore-Battle Monument Conservation Project here:

Please join us to celebrate and rededicate the Historic Monuments to War of 1812 Heroes Samuel Smith

The Ceremony, accompanied by a Military Retreat and lowering of Federal Hill’s distinctive 15-Star Flag, will be performed by the US Army 3rd Infantry’s “Old Guard” Fife and Drum Corps, the Maryland National Guard Honor Guard, and the Maryland Defense Force Buglers.  Governor Martin J. O’Malley will be the presiding official. Former Senator Paul Sarbanes, Congressman John Sarbanes, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and other dignitaries will attend. Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan, Commanding General of the Military District of Washington, will represent the Army. The event is being co-hosted by South Harbor Renaissance, Inc. (a non-profit neighborhood group) and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, with the cooperation of the Maryland Military Monuments Commission and the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.

Celebrating Federal Hill’s Monuments

Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial Projects: Restoration of the Samuel Smith and Armistead Monuments

Monument Conservation Project Report, September 2013

Kathleen Kotarba, Executive Director, Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation
Steven Tatti, S.A.T., Inc., Conservator

Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

The Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) considers it an honor to have served as stewards of the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum since 1978. Under the Commission’s guidance this Baltimore City and National Historic Landmark was successfully restored and then professionally preserved and maintained for more than three decades. This was made possible in no small part by the dedicated service of Museum Curator Jeff Jerome. Jeff’s creativity and leadership originated numerous public events, including the Poe Birthday Celebration, making the Poe House a popular destination for both local residents and international visitors. Most significantly, Jeff Jerome introduced Poe’s Baltimore legacy to new audiences and served as one of the city’s best ambassadors and promoters.


Effective September 28, 2012, the operation of the Poe House will be transferred to new leadership. The Commission wishes the new team every success in extending the legacy of this significant Baltimore treasure. For additional information about future plans for the Poe House please visit:

Baltimore City Landmarks Publication

The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and the Department of Planning are pleased to present the 2012 Baltimore City Landmarks publication. It is a great honor to be listed as a Baltimore City Landmark. These landmarks are among Baltimore’s most significant buildings and properties. They are valuable assets to our City and greatly contribute to the City’s architectural character, rich history, economic vitality, and quality of life. This new publication includes images of each landmark and highlights their unique importance.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Restoration of the Battle Monument

The Nation’s oldest war memorial, including the Lady Baltimore sculpture, will be preserved for future generations.

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a City historic legacy project to restore and preserve the Baltimore Battle Monument, including the Lady Baltimore sculpture. The monument, which is in the center of Calvert Street, across from the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse, commemorates the Battle of Baltimore, which took place September 12-15, 1814, during the War of 1812.

After almost 200 years of exposure to the elements, the Lady Baltimore is extremely fragile and must be relocated to a stable interior environment. The original sculpture will be moved to the Walters Art Museum. A reproduction of Lady Baltimore will be constructed and installed on the monument to replace the fragile original sculpture. The four griffon sculptures will be reconstructed on site, and crucial missing features will be restored...

CHAP Restores Baltimore’s Battle Monument

On September 12 and 13, 1814, Baltimore achieved an incredible victory over the forces of the British. The Battle Monument, begun in September 12, 1815, and completed in 1825, is the first significant war memorial to be built in the United States. It commemorates the sacrifices of those who died in defending the city from the British attack in September of 1814, the same attack which was the occasion for the writing of the National Anthem. It is also the first monument in the United States to honor the common soldier. In preparation for the National Bicentennial Celebration of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the War of 1812, Baltimore’s Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation (CHAP) is completing a comprehensive restoration of the monument. Conservator Steven Tatti, S.A.T., Inc. and his team are working onsite during the months of June and July 2011. As the emblem of Baltimore City, the restored Battle Monument will be a source of civic pride during the National celebration!

For additional information about the Battle Monument Restoration, contact Kathleen G. Kotarba, Executive Director-CHAP in the Department of Planning at [email protected]. Read More about the Battle Monument


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