Preservation Summer School in the Historic Delaplaine Building

By Preservation Maryland

Preservation Maryland is hosting Preservation Summer School “Forward from 50” on Thursday, July 21st in Frederick at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. It is certainly important that we hold our one-day conference, focused on propelling historic preservation through the 21st century, in a historic, preserved, and stimulating venue and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center is the perfect location to inspire our discussions.


The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center currently serves the Frederick region as a community arts center, providing educational opportunities and experiences in the visual arts through classes, exhibits and programs. Prior to the extensive renovations in 1993, the historic building that now houses the Delaplaine was a significant structure for the Frederick County community. Constructed in the 1850s, the building was initially built as a whiskey rectifying house and was converted to a steam flourmill only a few years later. The building housed one of the county’s largest mills and became the Mountain City Mill company in 1906 after many years of revolving ownership.

Almost 50 years later, the property was acquired by the Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Company in 1958. The building then served as a storage facility for the Frederick News-Post, which was located just across Carroll Creek.

In 1986, the mill property was donated by the Delaplaine and Randall families to the City of Frederick for use as a visual arts center. Renovations began on the historic Mountain City Mill building in 1993 and were completed in 1999. The building’s exterior and even some mechanical remnants of the historic mill have been preserved and are viewable from the third floor; today, the building stands as a successful example of adaptive reuse.

The Delaplaine Arts Center  is proud of its part in preserving the community’s rich heritage while adapting this important landmark to serve the community in a new and vital way. Allow this setting and its history to motivate you to join Preservation Maryland for Preservation Summer School.

Note: We encourage Summer School attendees to explore historic Frederick before and after our one-day event. To that end, we have reserved a block of rooms at Fairfield Inn & Suites in Frederick for a reduced rate of $104/night. Attendees may begin to make reservations now; please call 301-631-2000 on or before the cut-off date of Thursday, June 30, 2016. Use the indentifier “Preservation Summer” or group code “PRE.” You may also reserve online here.


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