Burtis House on Annapolis City Dock. Photo from Capital Gazette.

Preservation Maryland Announces Grants for Signature Preservation Work in Annapolis

11/15/2021
By Dana Cohen

Preservation Maryland is pleased to announce the receipt of grants from the National Park Service, Maryland Heritage Areas, and the Maryland Legislature for signature preservation work in Annapolis. These grants will fund work at the Burtis House in the Annapolis Historic District, the last waterman’s home at City Dock. 

The Burtis House stabilization project will rehabilitate and enhance the historic 19th-century waterman’s cottage along the waterfront in the State’s capital. In partnership with the City of Annapolis and NPS Chesapeake, Preservation Maryland, via its Historic Property Redevelopment Program, is leading phase one of this dynamic climate resiliency project, a key component of the larger revitalization and resiliency plans for City Dock. Grants and financial assistance include a $100,000 grant from Maryland Heritage Areas Program, $75,000 from the Maryland General Assembly, and $155,173 from the NPS Chesapeake Gateways program.

“The importance of saving a humble structure like this is it connects visitors and the community to the story of the working waterfront,” said Nicholas Redding, President & CEO of Preservation Maryland. “This project is not just a pilot for Maryland but also a demonstration project for the rest of the country. Anywhere you go in the world, historic resources sit at the water’s edge; we must protect those resources, particularly those affected by an ever-changing climate and sea level rise. Preservation Maryland is appreciative of this combination and state and federal funding spearheaded by the National Park Service – Chesapeake Office so this important preservation work can continue.”

Funding will support the first phase of preservation, which includes safeguarding the building from coastal flooding via elevation of the structure to align with the sea level rise resiliency objectives, “mothballing” the structure and spaces, and conducting archeological investigations. Additionally, there will be a public education component to highlight the history of the Burtis House site, located at 69 Prince George Street, and the Chesapeake region’s maritime heritage.

Read the full press release below

Preservation Maryland Receives Grants for Signature Preservation Work in Annapolis

Dana Cohen · Director of Communications

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