Ellicott City Preservation Resource Center

Update: On the afternoon of May 27, 2018, Ellicott City, Maryland endured yet another devastating flood  the second time in less than two years. Preservation Maryland again stands ready to support the rebuilding, recovery, and rehabilitation of this historic community.


In response to the devastating July flood in historic Ellicott City in Howard County, Preservation Maryland opened a Preservation Resource Center.

The center, which is located in the Howard County Welcome Center and is staffed with preservation professionals able to help property owners navigate the complexities of rehabilitating historic structures and how to utilize existing financial incentives to preserve each building’s historic character.


Preservation Maryland Board member and structural engineer, Mat Daw, points to a flood damaged building.


On August 30, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Preservation Maryland held a joint press conference to announce Preservation Maryland’s commitment and investment in the preservation and rebuilding of historic Ellicott City. County Executive Kittleman explained,

Recovery from any natural disaster is a long and complicated process. The situation along Ellicott City’s Main Street is even more so because of the town’s rich heritage. Preservation Maryland’s commitment to operate a Resource Center in the historic district for the next nine months will make it much more convenient for property owners to access the technical guidance and financial assistance that is available. As we rebuild Ellicott City, we are reaffirming our commitment to preserving its historic character.

Preservation Maryland expects this to be an expensive effort and needs your support to operate the Preservation Resource Center. Partial funding was provided by generous donations to Preservation Maryland’s Flood Recovery Fund as well as contributions from several corporations including Howard Bank. Fundraising continues as the full amount necessary to operate the Center has not yet been raised. Donors interested in supporting the rebuilding and recovery of Ellicott City are encouraged to make a donation today, and businesses, organizations, and corporations, please contact Preservation Maryland to discuss all the ways that you can help.

Support for Property Owners Impacted by Flood

The operations of the Center are overseen by Field Director Renée S. Novak. The Resource Center is currently located at the Howard County Welcome Center in the old Post Office at 8267 Main Street Ellicott City, MD 21043. Renée can be reached at 410-685-2886, x305 or rnovak@presmd.org. Please contact Renee before scheduling your visit to make certain we are available to meet.

The Resource Center provides a variety of preservation assistance, including:

  • Assistance in finding contractors, architects, engineers, interior designers, and other needed specialists/artisans
  • Explaining preservation incentives like federal, state, and local tax credits, and navigating low-interest loans
  • Guidance for Historic District Commission review
  • Hosting workshops on specific rehabilitation/repair issues for property owners, (i.e. hands-on or technical training)
  • Connecting property owners with companies able to reproduce necessary building/architectural components, such as, doors, sashes, woodwork, hardware, etc


For Historic Property Owners and Occupants

Resources for Historic Properties Impacted by Flooding
Maryland Historical Trust

Top 10 Resilient Design Resources
AIA Baltimore

How to Choose a Qualified Contractor (PDF)
Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office

Treatment of Flood Damaged Older and Historic Buildings (PDF)
National Trust for Historic Preservation


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