On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Preservation Maryland hosted a live telephone town hall that reached thousands of listeners to discuss the latest threats to the federal Historic Tax Credit and how we can all be advocates for this essential program. If you missed the call, you can listen and share the recording online now.
The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM) has identified over 500 mills throughout Maryland — only a fraction of which are still standing. This exercise illustrates the need to preserve Maryland’s industrial heritage like Preservation Maryland is helping to do along the Jones Falls in Baltimore City.
Shafer Farm barn and grounds at sunrise. Photo by Todd Remaley.
Six-to-Fix Update: Steps Taken to Safeguard the Shafer Farm House
One of the major tenants of Preservation Maryland’s Six-to-Fix program is the participation of the community in being a part of the fix – and we have found a great partner in the Alliance. Based on recommendations from architects, engineers, and preservationist’s that have visited the Civil War-era property, the Alliance has completed the following tasks:
At the meeting of the original Shafer House with the later flat roof addition, the roof displayed signs of failure and sagging. Volunteers created a 2-by-4 support system as a temporary measure.
Many of the building’s windows were either broken or boarded. While boarding the windows adds security, that tight enclosure may prevent needed ventilation. Volunteers have restored and repaired two windows at the rear of the property.
Over the years, the rooms of the Shafer House became filled with debris – historic and otherwise – presenting health and safety concerns. The Alliance has disposed of the trash and worked to sort our any artifacts that might be historic and help tell the story of the House.
Volunteers have removed the ivy crawling on the building’s facades that overtime could have penetrated and deteriorated mortar joints. Work is also being done to regrade the land around the structure to guide rainwater away from the foundation.
WORK WILL CONTINUE
There has been a great commitment made by the Burkittsville Preservation Alliance since they took ownership of the propery, and Preservation Maryland continues to support their work with large-scale preservation planning and development efforts.