Baltimore City’s ca. 1933 Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library is the flagship location of one of the oldest public library systems in the United States, and through the work of many skills hands during an extraordinary renovation and modernization project, the Library shines bright as a beacon of community, knowledge, and betterment. For their craft and commitment, Preservation Maryland has awarded the 2020 Best of Maryland Preservation Artisan Award to EverGreene Architectural Arts and F.C. Vogt Company.
Under the direction of the Maryland Department of General Services, one of Annapolis’s historic post offices just underwent a world-class comprehensive adaptive reuse program to restore the deteriorated Georgian Revival architecture and to convert its interior space into new state government offices for the governor’s office of community initiatives and the governor’s legal office. This Best of Maryland Stewardship Award goes to the Maryland Department of General Services for envisioning and financing this over iconic $15 million project on Annapolis’ Church Circle.
The Canal Quartermasters, a volunteer corps of the C&O Canal Trust, are the reason that the wildly popular and nationally acclaimed Canal Quarters overnight interpretive experience is a success. The corps is a group of 35 dedicated volunteers who serve the seven historic lockhouses. These volunteers have provided nearly 15,000 hours of service wearing a multitude of hats, including caretaker, host, interpreter, protector, and more.
Without the Quartermasters’ enormous in-kind service, the Canal Quarters program could not be financially viable. The C&O Canal Trust operates as a lean non-profit organization, with only one full-time staff and one intern to operate it’s portfolio of programs. Without making the program too expensive for the average Park visitor, the Trust couldn’t possibly employee the person-power it needs to keep all of our Lockhouses in good repair and condition.
As the front-lines, the Quartermasters, are the people with the responsibility to care for our historic lockhouses; and they do it with honor and pride, as if these historic properties were their own. The Canal Trust receives critical reports from the volunteers in the field that help plan for building maintenance and guest relations and marketing strategies.