When an organization promotes the preservation of Baltimore's historical architecture, you can bet its annual meeting and awards dinner will be held in one of the city's architectural treasures. This year the site for the Baltimore Heritage Inc. confab was the gem of 10 Light Street, Baltimore's only art deco skyscraper.
"Isn't this a great room?" Bill Pencek exclaimed, as the group's past president surveyed the majestic main banking floor of the building now owned by Bank of America. Elegantly carved columns, wall murals and ornate metalwork circled the room. A richly-detailed mosaic of the world on the floor was offset by an elaborately painted ceiling above.
Amid all the structural splendor, some 115 historic building boosters mingled. Among them: Jamie Hunt, Baltimore Heritage Inc. president; Timothy L. Bishop, Tom Kravitz, Kathleen Kreul, Julian L. Lapides, Karen Lewand and John C. Murphy, BHI board members; Maria Johnson, Bank of American senior vice president; Nancy Schamu, executive director of National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers; Buzz Cuzack, Charles Theatre co-owner; David Gleason, president of David H. Gleason Associates Architects; David Tufaro, principal with Terra Nova Ventures LLC; George Winfield, Baltimore director of public works; Barbara Weeks, Maryland Historical Society associate curator; Brian Lyles, Baltimore Museum of Industry development director; and Martin Conover, Chase Brexton Health Services development director.