Six-to-Fix is an innovative program designed to help save threatened resources statewide. Preservation Maryland invests seed funding, expert professional staff and volunteer time, and statewide advocacy and outreach efforts to move projects towards preservation. Rather than creating lists of threatened buildings, we’re doing something about it.

New Projects

Ellicott City Flood Recovery

The Problem

This July, a flash flood inundated Ellicott City and in a matter of minutes, the picturesque historic Main Street, was transformed into a disaster zone. Flood waters can rise and fall in a matter of minutes, but with this level of damage, recovery efforts may be required for years to come. We know that retaining the history and character of the City is a critical component of recovery, and will support the community in the complex process of rebuilding in a historic district.

The Fix

To help Ellicott City’s property and business owners navigate the process of rebuilding their historic structures, Preservation Maryland has established a temporary Ellicott City Preservation Resource Center on Main Street to address both immediate and long-term historic preservation needs. We will also work with our partners at the Patapsco Heritage Greenway and Howard County Government to identify and implement innovative flood mitigation solutions for the historic buildings of Ellicott City.

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Valve House at Clifton Park

The Problem

From an age when municipal buildings stood as a testament to a city’s pride, the Valve House, in its current state, stands as a reminder that buildings need utility. Since becoming obsolete nearly 50 years ago the decorative conical building has sat vacant with time and weather taking their toll. Even the innovative steel truss system that supports the conical red clay tile roof has started to rust – a condition that could be the last straw, along with failing mortar and penetrating vegetation.

The Fix

Working with our partners at CivicWorks, Preservation Maryland will work to strengthen community support for the revitalization of the Valve House, to develop a list of potential uses for the building, and to assist CivicWorks in obtaining a long term lease on the structure clearing a path towards purpose and resuse.

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Cultural Landscapes of the Eastern Shore

The Problem

Kent Count remains a truly picturesque rural, historic landscape, but recently, solar and wind farms have been proposed, which could drastically alter the look and feel of the region. Hundreds of acres could eventually be converted to this new use. While no one questions that clean energy is necessary for a more sustainable future, it should not come at the expense of the state’s history and heritage.

The Fix

Preservation Maryland will work with our Eastern Shore partners, including the Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance to better understand the threats to Maryland’s historic landscape while offering alternative solutions and locations to produce renewable energy. We will also work with our partners in the Environmental community, including 1000 Friends of Maryland and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, to identify common ground between the environmental and historic preservation community.

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Adaptive Reuse of the Hamilton Willard Shafer Farm

The Problem

Just outside of Burkittsville, a well-preserved small historic community in western Frederick County, lies the Shafer Farm, the site of a Union headquarters during the Civil War Battle of South Mountain in 1862. The farm house, barn, and out buildings have been vacant for nearly 20 years and have suffered as a result of deferred maintenance. Without immediate attention, this witness to Civil War could be lost forever.

The Fix

With Preservation Maryland’s assistance, the long term goal for the Shafer property to act as a heritage tourism anchor may finally be achievable. We will provide technical assistance to the newly formed Burkittsville Preservation Association to stabilize the structure, develop a long-term, sustainable use and care strategy for the property, and  also assist with grant-writing, fundraising and public awareness.

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Newtowne Manor Religious Complex

The Problem

Beginning in the 1630s and 1640s, it was from this area that Jesuit priests conducted missionary activities, while also seeing to the religious needs of the colony’s first settlers. From as long ago as the 17th century, Southern Maryland has been an area with deep and strong roots in the story of religious freedom in America and Maryland. The St. Francis Xavier Church and Newtowne Manor House in St. Mary’s County represents an example of a self-contained, self-supporting Jesuit community. Unfortunately, the majority of the diverse buildings on the site have suffered from disuse, with broken windows, wildlife, and water penetrating through the historic foundation.

The Fix

Preservation Maryland will support our partners at the recently established Friends of Newtowne Manor House through fundraising development, capacity building, and statewide public awareness. We will also provide technical assistance to assess the current condition of the building and determine what is required for its immediate stabilization, as well as identifying potential future uses.

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Historic Cemeteries of Maryland

The Problem

Some of the most sacred sites in Maryland are in impending danger due to environmental factors as well as the passage of time. Cemeteries face resource specific threats including lack of funding for maintenance and conservation as well as pressure to use the land for development. In some cases, questions of ownership also halt preservation.

The Fix

Preservation Maryland will work closely with the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites to bring much needed attention to the thousands of cemeteries throughout the state that are in disrepair, while also providing the general public with information on how to care for neglected and abandoned cemeteries. We will also organize volunteer cleanup days at cemeteries around the state.

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Historic Cemeteries of Maryland

On-going Projects

Antietam Battlefield: A Cleanup Campaign

The site of “The Final Attack” at Antietam was a conclusive moment in the Civil War but maintaining an ever-growing landscapes isn’t easy in the context of the many acres of the larger Battlefield site.

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Baltimore’s Historic Storefronts

After protests damaged dozens of storefronts in a historic African-American commercial corridor, Preservation Maryland and partners advocated for funding to repair the physical wounds and offered professional documentation services prior to restoration work that will be done in a historically-sensitive manner.

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Dorchester County: High Tides of Change

Due to the necessity of water our Maryland historic resources are often located in coastal areas and thus disproportionately at risk from increasing sea-level rise and large storm events. As many of these resources will likely be lost, now is the time for documentation.

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Glenn Dale Hospital: Breathing New Life into Old Buildings

The needed array of agencies, strong community concern, and now Preservation Maryland, has recently coalesced to move the needle forward on this long-vacant and large historic campus in Prince George’s County toward an adaptive reuse project that will serve and benefit the neighborhood and beyond.

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Holly Hall: The Grand Dame of Elkton

At over 200 years old, Holly Hall is an iconic piece of the city of Elkton’s history. The mansion is currently in need of restoration and preservation, something that Elkton’s Mayor Robert J. Alt identified as one of his goals when he took office. This project has political, public, and private support, it just needs guidance.

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Pleasant View: From Civil War to Civil Rights

With an active Board of Trustees wanting to do the right thing by their historic site, Preservation Maryland connected the community with preservation professionals to envision and plan the future of this important place for African-American history from Civil War to Civil Rights.

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Apply to the Program

Applications are now being accepted! If your community or organization is engaged in preserving a unique and historic place, and could use some help, we welcome you to apply to be part of the next class of  Six-to-Fix projects. Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 28, 2017 at 5PM. 


The goal of Six-to-Fix is simple – but the work is hard. Preservation Maryland will select six threatened historic sites around the state that could benefit from the organization’s assistance, and through a cooperative partnership with the applicants, we help put these sites on a new trajectory towards a better state of preservation.


It depends.

The applicants and/or site and Preservation Maryland will engage in a collaborative process to determine a set of goals designed to reach an achievable and successful outcome. Outcomes could be meeting a variety of milestones from stabilizing a structure, to raising awareness, to completing a fundraising campaign, to developing a rehabilitation plan. Applicants are encouraged to approach the application process prepared with an outline of what they open to achieve and how/where they see the role of Preservation Maryland.


Each year, a new class of places or projects are selected by an internal committee and will receive a tailored package of support from Preservation Maryland for one year. Assistance many take many forms, which may include:

  • Seed funding via the Heritage Fund and/or fundraising assistance
  • Technical assistance from Preservation Maryland staff and partners in the fields of architecture, engineering, law, archaeology, and/or other professionals, as needed
  • Assistance in building strategic partnerships
  • Assistance in organization fundraising and/or capacity building
  • Inclusion in a statewide awareness and advocacy campaign by Preservation Maryland


  • Sites can include historic buildings, neighborhoods, archaeological sites, communities, and cultural landscapes.
  • Properties should be locally designated as historic, and/or listed on or be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Properties must face a demonstrated threat – and – have a realistic prospect for preservation.
  • Applications must be submitted or sponsored by a non-profit organization or government agency via a letter of support.
  • Organizations or individuals applying for to program must demonstrate a willingness and capacity to participate in the project.
  • The property must either be in the ownership of the applicant or the property owners must be a supportive and active partner.


  1. Historic Significance: Does the site have important historical or cultural significance?
  2. Urgency of the Threat: Is the site in imminent threat by neglect, demolition, or inappropriate additions or development?
  3. Feasibility of Solution:  Is there a strong prospect of this property being saved? Would support from a Six-to-Fix team increase that prospect?
  4. Level of Community Support: How strong is the support for preservation of the site in the local community?
  5. Capacity of Applicant Organization: Does this organization, in partnership with a Six-to-Fix team, have the capacity to move this project forward?
  6. Geographic Diversity: Is this site a strong application compared to other sites in the same region?
  7. Diversity of Resource: Is the site a unique resource type or a strong application compared to other applications of a similar resource type?
  8. Diversity of the Type of Threat: Is the site facing a unique threat and/or a threat representative of larger trends across Maryland?


Before starting an applications, interested parties are strongly encouraged to review current Six-to-Fix projects, review the eligibility requirements, and review the application form; this will help applicants prepare to have the needed documents and information. Any and all questions can be directed to Jessica Feldt, Preservation Initiatives Manager, at 410-685-2886, x302. Applications must be submitted online using this online application form and completed by Friday, July 28, 2017 at 5PM.

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Save History Today

The Six-to-Fix program allows Preservation Maryland to take direct action to fulfill its mission to protect the best of Maryland. Your donation helps provide technical assistance through Preservation Maryland staff and preservation experts to threatened and underutilized historic places – your donation has a direct impact on saving Maryland architecture and history.

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Be Part of the Fix

You can help. Six-to-Fix rallies the Maryland preservation community around discrete and necessary tasks and projects to advance each project. Folks with all skills and interests are encouraged to sign-up. You will receive periodic announcements with opportunities to participate, and we hope you can join us to save history together.

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Latest Six-To-Fix Posts

Wed, 06/07 - 10:10am

Old Line State Summit: Lessons from the Preservation Response to the Elliott City Flood

The Mid-Atlantic preservation community will convene at the Old Line State Summit on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland. The one-day conference will focus on innovative and adaptable sessions, including a detailed session on the flood recovery efforts in historic Ellicott City with essential emergency preparedness tactics for every community.

Thu, 06/01 - 1:57pm

Video: Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites Conference

The Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites annual conference brought over 60 attendees to Anne Arundel County to hear about current events, like the response to the vandalized Mount Carmel in Philadelphia and the latest in conservation technologies. The sessions were recorded by Preservation Maryland and are available on YouTube.

Thu, 05/04 - 11:58am

Six-to-Fix Tour: Burkittsville House and Garden Tour

On Saturday, May 20, the Burkittsville Preservation Association invites you to explore Burkittsville, Maryland, an historic, virtually unchanged example of an American village of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The walking tour will include 10 stops including the Civil War-era, Shafer Farm – a current Preservation Maryland Six-to-Fix project.

Partners in Preservation

By partnering with Six-to-Fix you align your company with some of Preservation Maryland’s most important and impactful work, and across a large statewide audience of preservationists, historic home owners, volunteers, decision makers – and doers.

As a range of opportunities are available, please contact Doug Harbit at 410-685-2886, x307 at your earliest convenience to discuss the best way to reach our prosperous and influential network of preservationists in Maryland.


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