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 cityview.baltimorecity.gov 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, http://baltimoreheritage.org/resources/research-guide/
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 - http://baltimorearchitecture.org/love-letters-to-baltimore-buildings/