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.
Raw interior of the Parker Metal Building, 2017.
Transforming the Parker Metal Building
09/08/2017 By Preservation Maryland
The Parker Metal Building in Baltimore City is undergoing an historic transformation. This grouping of five early 20th century brick warehouses are all that remain of the City’s metal lithography industry that sprung up in tandem with Baltimore’s thriving canneries. If you’ve shaken a can of Old Bay, you’ve seen their work!
In business from 1921 to 1994, the Parker Metal Decorating Company pioneered technical innovation that led to its success – even in competition with larger companies. In 2000, the complex of buildings was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its contribution to the broad pattern of industrial development in Baltimore City.
Painted sign of the Parker Metal Building, 1980. Photo from Maryland Historical Trust.
Parker Metal Building in front of M&T Bank Stadium, 2000. Photo from Maryland Historical Trust.
Now the plan for the 50,000+ square foot building, owned by Himmelrich Associaties, Inc., is to transform it into commercial office space on three floors and design an event space in view of the M&T Bank Stadium. Preserved architectural elements include the exposed brick and steel structure, heavy timber beams, and original steel windows.
Be some of the first Marylanders to view this preservation project by attending the Preservation Maryland Six-to-Fix Reveal Party on Thursday, October 19, 2017 – at the Parker Metal Building! All proceeds raised at the event support proactive preservation in Maryland putting threatened resources on the path to preservation.