"It is often difficult for communities to recognize the value of architecture from their own recent past. In the early 20th century, Baltimore tore down Victorian landmarks like the Old Baltimore Post Office that we would treasure today if they still survived. In the early 1980s, a young MICA student named Sherry Cucchiella embarked on a project to discover and document the city's Art Deco and Moderne homes, offices and schools built just 50 years before: In 1984, Baltimore Heritage published the result of Sherry's hard work -- Baltimore Deco: An Architectural Survey of Art Deco in Baltimore. Today, the city is rediscovering its Deco architecture all over again with projects like the rehabilitation of the Senator Theatre (1939), the former Baltimore Trust Company Building (1929) and the Commercial Credit Company Building (1930). Unfortunately, other Deco landmarks, like Read's Drug Store (1933) or the former Ambassador Theatre (1935), are recognized for their architecture and rich history but remained threatened by neglect.
Baltimore Heritage is partnering with photographer Christine Huhn, the Baltimore Modernism Project and the D:Center to again celebrate the history of Baltimore Deco. No longer limited to traditional publications, this project includes an exhibition, public programs and a digital tour of Deco landmarks for Explore Baltimore Heritage. Explore Baltimore Heritage is a free interactive map of place-based stories based on open-source technology and partnerships with a wide range of cultural and educational organizations. The digital tour will combine contemporary photography, historic images from local archives and special collections, and engaging essays by local historians."
Eli Pousson, Baltimore Heritage