To address the increasing frequency of requests for technical guidelines on appropriate adaptations for historic buildings at risk of flooding, the National Park Service recently released a new resource for preservation practitioners.
Completed facade work along Tonge Row in Ellicott City, 2018. Photo from Patapsco Heritage Greenway.
Tonge Row Project Completed with Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Funding
In 2017, Historic Ellicott City, Inc and Preservation Maryland awarded $50,000 in grants to organizations in the Ellicott City Historic District through the Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program. Funding for the grant program was provided by Historic Ellicott City, Inc. through fundraising associated with their annual Decorator Show House event. Additional funding support came from the generous donors to Preservation Maryland’s Ellicott City Flood Recovery Fund.
Tonge Row, 1950. Photo by A. Aubrey Bodine for The Baltimore Sun.
Tonge Row in the 1930s. Photo from Historic American Building Survey.
Along the distinct streetscape of Tonge Row on Old Columbia Pike are the offices of Patapsco Heritage Greenway one of Maryland’s 13 certified State Heritage Areas that provides essential funding and support to Maryland’s heritage and cultural tourism economy. The organization received funding to repairs and restore the stone facade of their properties. Staff at the Greenway documented the process in detail on their blog. Using historic images as a guide and following the regulations and guidelines set forth by the Howard County Historic Preservation Commission, the project focused on:
restoring the building’s wood window frames and sash and returning their functionality,
adjusting and improving water drainage from the building’s facade and foundation,
and removing non-historic and inappropriate doors and shutters.
Patapsco Heritage Greenway completed the work with a high-level of research and craftsmanship, even as Ellicott City experienced another damaging flood in May 2018.
NOTE: This grant program was renewed and is now accepting applications through November 2, 2018. For more information, please contact Jessica Feldt, Preservation Initiatives Manager, Preservation Maryland at 410-685-2886, x302.
Recipient: Howard County Historical Society Amount: $10,000 Type: Bricks & Mortar Project: Restoration of the Second Quaker Schoolhouse Description: Funding will support both interior and exterior capital repairs to the building to prepare the structure for its future conversion to an engaging children’s museum.
Recipient: Ellicott City Historic District Partnership Amount: $3,500 Type: Interpretation & Signage Project: Signage for lower Main Street Description: Funding will support the replacement of the flood level sign near the Patapsco River Bridge and the creation of a plaque above the 10 mile marker under the CSX Bridge.
Recipient: Howard County Historic Preservation Commission Amount: $10,000 Type: Education & Public Outreach Project: Printing and distribution of updated historic district design guidelines Description: Funding will support the publication and distribution of updated design guidelines for the Ellicott City historic district. Design guidelines, which help maintain the district’s distinctive look and feel, will be widely distributed in an effort to help improve and rebuild the historic district.
Recipient: Howard County Tourism Council Amount: $6,120 Type: Bricks & Mortar, Interpretation & Signage Project: Welcome Center Rain Garden Description: After the front lawn of the Howard County Welcome Center was damaged in the flood, there was a reevaluation of the design and composition of the lawn, resulting in the decision to create a rain garden featuring native plants, features designed to slow water flow, and interpretive signage. Funding will support installing this new rain garden and interpretive panels.
Recipient: St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church Amount: $3,580 Type: Bricks & Mortar Project: Exterior repairs Description: This grant will help fund exterior repairs to the historic St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church on Main Street.