On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Preservation Maryland hosted its 33rd annual Best of Maryland awards ceremony to a a record crowd at the historic Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore City. The event was attended by over 200 preservationists, community leaders, elected officials and fans of Maryland’s heritage. This year’s award winners represented a diverse array of projects and historic resources from across the state – from a restored Opera House to the iconic Domino Sugar sign standing high above the Baltimore skyline.
Since 1871, the Havre de Grace Opera House has long been a cultural and community centerpiece in Harford County. In August 2017, the Opera House celebrated a grand reopening with important and impressive accessibility and comfort amenities that will ensure it’s place in the community for many years to come. For their efforts, the Opera House Foundation will receive a Best of Maryland preservation award.
The vernacular Art Deco architecture of the Church Hill Theatre in rural Queen Anne’s County is a rare site – and its home to a local performing theatre company that also well cares for their historic theatre. Preservation Maryland will recognize Church Hill Theatre with a Community Choice award at the Best of Maryland preservation awards.