Preservation Marylandis conducting a study to document the architecture and history of public K-12 schools built in Maryland before 1980. Maryland’s historic schools tell a profound story about the history of our stateand are intrinsically interconnected with the communities in which they reside. The structures themselves are the physical vestiges and reminders of how we have approached education and grappled with complex and challenging issues, from managing growth to racial integration and beyond.This project will provide a framework for evaluating the architectural and historic significance of the state’s public schools and a roadmap for future preservation activities.
Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee passed infrastructure budget reconciliation legislation that includes provisions to expand the federal Historic Tax Credit. Unfortunately, current negotiations with leadership to reduce the cost and scope of the bill means that all historic tax credit provisions are in jeopardy.
Preservation Maryland applauds Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones for the creation of the new State Park Investment Commission. With visitorship reaching all-time highs in the last year, there has also been an unprecedented strain on the current state parks and their resources. Chaired by former Governor Parris N. Glendenning, the new commission will be tasked with making recommendations for improvements of current parks and the need for new parks in “recreational deserts.”