Preservation celebration

MARYLAND SCENE

July 25, 1999|By SLOANE BROWN | SLOANE BROWN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When it comes to preserving Baltimore's architectural history, Baltimore Heritage Inc. put its money where its mouth is. The preservation organization held its annual meeting and awards dinner in a building it helped save: the former Masonic Temple on North Charles Street. After three years of searching, it found a buyer for the building.

"It's a celebration of a preservation victory!" declared BH past president John Maclay.

During the cocktail hour, some 100 BH members and guests took a look through some of the building's ornate rooms. Afterward, they settled down to dinner in a banquet hall of marble floors and columns, and gilded moldings.

Enjoying the fruits of their labor, and their meal as well, were BH president Bill Pencek; Karen Lewand, Carol Gilbert, David Gleason, Julian Lapides and Thomas Saunders, BH board members; Laurel Durenberger, Urbanite magazine publisher; Bernie Callan, past president of the Maryland Heritage Alliance; Tyler Gearhart, executive director of Preservation Maryland; Walter Schamu, president of SMDA Architects; and Klaus Philipsen, ArchPlan Inc. principal.

Pub Date: 07/25/99

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