On October 29, 2018, the Howard County Council passed CB75-2018 with amendments, as advocated for by many Marylanders, that lessens the bill’s original threat to the Historic Preservation Commissions’ independent nature.
On October 1, 2018, CB75-2018 was introduced during a legislative session of the Howard County Council. This new legislation could radically upend over forty years of preservation planning and investment in one fell swoop.
The Walker-Chandler building housed Ellicott's Country Store, 1972. Photo from Maryland Historical Trust.
Now Accepting Applications: Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program
Funding for the grant program was provided by Historic Ellicott City, Inc. through fundraising associated with their annual Decorator Show House event with additional funding support from Preservation Maryland’s Ellicott City Flood Recovery Fund. Last year, the Program provided $50,000 in funding for seven important projects. The updated deadline for grant applications is January 31, 2019.
The program was renewed for another year and will provide direct assistance for the rehabilitation and preservation and promotion of cultural resources within the Ellicott City National Register Historic District and the surrounding area in Howard County. Eligible entities include non-profits, religious institutions, local businesses, and municipal agencies.
Projects that may be eligible fall into two broad categories, repair and interpretation, that together will comprehensively addresses the needs of applicants. Examples of eligible projects include:
Bricks-and-mortar-type projects for the physical rehabilitation and preservation of historic properties and materials, like repairing historic windows and roofs, masonry work, painting
Projects that identify, analyze or otherwise benefit or interpret archaeological resources
Projects that enhance public awareness and understanding of historic Howard County, like improved wayfinding signage, educational materials, or exhibits
Recipient: Patapsco Heritage Greenway Amount: $10,000 Type: Bricks & Mortar Project: Façade Improvement on Tonge Row Description: Funding will support restoration of the front and rear facades of the stone rowhome on Tonge Row which houses the offices and public programs of the Patapsco Heritage Greenway.
Recipient: Howard County Historical Society Amount: $10,000 Type: Bricks & Mortar Project: Restoration of the Second Quaker Schoolhouse Description: Funding will support both interior and exterior capital repairs to the building to prepare the structure for its future conversion to an engaging children’s museum.
Recipient: Ellicott City Historic District Partnership Amount: $3,500 Type: Interpretation & Signage Project: Signage for lower Main Street Description: Funding will support the replacement of the flood level sign near the Patapsco River Bridge and the creation of a plaque above the 10 mile marker under the CSX Bridge.
Recipient: Howard County Historic Preservation Commission Amount: $10,000 Type: Education & Public Outreach Project: Printing and distribution of updated historic district design guidelines Description: Funding will support the publication and distribution of updated design guidelines for the Ellicott City historic district. Design guidelines, which help maintain the district’s distinctive look and feel, will be widely distributed in an effort to help improve and rebuild the historic district.
Recipient: Howard County Tourism Council Amount: $6,120 Type: Bricks & Mortar, Interpretation & Signage Project: Welcome Center Rain Garden Description: After the front lawn of the Howard County Welcome Center was damaged in the flood, there was a reevaluation of the design and composition of the lawn, resulting in the decision to create a rain garden featuring native plants, features designed to slow water flow, and interpretive signage. Funding will support installing this new rain garden and interpretive panels.
Recipient: St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church Amount: $3,580 Type: Bricks & Mortar Project: Exterior repairs Description: This grant will help fund exterior repairs to the historic St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church on Main Street.
Jessica Feldt · Preservation Initiatives Manager
Jessica Feldt manages our proactive preservation and grant-giving programs and is here to help you move your project on the path towards preservation.