Joseph McGill founded the Slave Dwelling Project as a Civil War historian and descendant of the enslaved to identify and assist property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings. Since it’s founding, he has brought his expertise to nearly 100 sites across the country – in October he will be on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Since 1984, Historic Ellicott City, Inc., has worked closely with designers, artisans, and tradespeople to restore a historic property into that year’s Decorator Show House. The goal of the program is engage history and preservation in all aspects of the construction, remodeling, and decor – and then open it up for all the community to see.
Partner Spotlight: Howard Bank Supports Preservation Maryland’s Ellicott City Work
10/03/2016 By Preservation Maryland
Preservation Maryland’s ongoing work to offer preservation and rebuilding assistance in Ellicott City after the July 2016 is possible thanks to the support of our donors and generous partners, including, in a large part to the Maryland-owned and managed, Howard Bank.
After the devastating flood in Ellicott City at the end of July, Howard Bank, a locally owned and managed, growth-focused community bank serving the Greater Baltimore area, immediately stepped up to provide much needed services and support to those impacted. In addition, Howard Bank’s grant to Preservation Maryland directly supported the establishment of a Ellicott City Preservation Resource Center and the organization’s long-term commitment to recovery efforts by including it as Six-to-Fix project.
FROM MARY ANN SCULLY, PRESIDENT AND CEO, HOWARD BANK
Mary Ann Scully, President and CEO of Howard Bank. Photo from Gazette.net.
“For Howard Bank, a partnership with Preservation Maryland brings together two organizations that are determined to make a difference in the rebuilding of Ellicott City. Community banking is all about acknowledging and proactively respecting the legacies inherent in each of the neighborhoods we serve, and preserving the best of the past – conversations, individuality, and access – while incorporating the promise of the future – using better timely information, ensuring environmental sustainability. We believe that Preservation Maryland’s values and activities are perfectly aligned with this bridging philosophy. The tragedy as well as the opportunity in Ellicott City became the catalyst for our partnership but it is just the first of many steps forward together.”
ELLICOTT CITY PRESERVATION RESOURCE CENTER
The Resource Center is located on Main Street in Ellicott City currently in the Howard County Visitors Center. Preservation Resource Center staff provides a variety of preservation assistance, including connecting property owners with consultants and contractors, helping navigate the historic district review process and providing information on financial assistance available, including local, state and federal tax credit programs. The operations of the Center are overseen by Field Director Renée S. Novak, who was hired specifically for this campaign. The Center maintains regular hours throughout the week and staff is available via email and phone.
Preservation Maryland has committed to keeping the office open and providing these kinds of direct, targeted and strategic technical assistance until Summer 2017.
Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding explained, “We are indebted to the support of corporations like Howard Bank and the many individual donors who have stepped forward to help fund this important operation. We are making a difference and that’s thanks to the generosity of our supporters.”
Partial funding for the Preservation Resource Center was provided by generous donations to Preservation Maryland’s Flood Recovery Fund as well as the significant contribution from Howard Bank. Fundraising continues as the full amount necessary to operate the Preservation Resource Center has not yet been raised. Donors interested in supporting the rebuilding and recovery of Ellicott City are encouraged to make a donation at: presmd.org/ecflood.
Howard Bancorp is a bank holding company with total assets of $989 million as of June 30, 2016. Its principal operating subsidiary, Howard Bank, is a locally managed, headquartered and growth-focused community bank serving businesses, professionals and individuals in the Greater Baltimore area through 13 full service branches. Howard Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Howard Bancorp (NASDAQ: HBMD). For information visit: howardbank.com.
Since 1931, Preservation Maryland has worked to protect the places, stories and communities in Maryland that matter. As a non-profit organization, it works with partners across the state to accomplish this important mission and protect the best of Maryland. Learn more at: presmd.org.
Preservation Maryland is Maryland’s first and largest organization dedicated to preserving the state’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archaeological sites.