What if you could visit museums, art studios, theaters, churches and participate in workshops and other fun family activities—all in one day, and all for free? On October 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, in partnership with AIABaltimore, will hold the third annual Doors Open Baltimore, a one-day, rain or shine event that provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse and the chance to tour buildings (or parts of buildings) not typically open to the public, as well as an opportunity to meet with architects and representatives of participating organizations. “Doors Open” events take place in cities around the world to promote heritage and enhance public appreciation of architecture and its place in history. The 2016 Baltimore event will feature more than 60 sites, including various cultural and community structures, historic and adaptive reuse buildings, museums and galleries and sacred spaces. Each site functions as an open house and architects will be at select sites to engage visitors. Among the featured sites are: The Maryland Historical Society, located at 201 W. Monument Street in Baltimore, which will function as the event’s information hub. Visitors can stop in to pick up an event map and brochure, and also receive free admission to the museum and the historic Enoch Pratt House. The Historical Society will screen short films exploring the geography of Maryland.
R. House, a food hall opening in Remington in late 2016, offering behind the scenes tours and special Doors Open Baltimore cocktails.
Over a dozen churches including the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, America’s first cathedral.
Full Circle Fine Arts Service and Photography Gallery, a custom frame shop, photo lab, gallery and mixed use studio space showcasing works and artist talks by photographers James Singewald and Amy Davis exploring Baltimore’s architectural landscape and past.
10 Light Street, Baltimore’s iconic 34-story Art Deco skyscraper, recently converted to apartments and an Under Armour Performance Center. Visitors will receive tours of the building and snacks will be available at the Performance Center in what used to be the grand banking hall of the Maryland Trust Company.
A list of sites and events can be found online at http://doorsopenbaltimore.org/sites/ along with information on accessibility, parking, restrooms and whether photography is permitted. Additional buildings and special tours will be added to the event line-up as the event date approaches. Event-goers are encouraged to utilize Baltimore’s public transit services when travelling between sites, but sites can also be enjoyed by foot, bicycle or car. Special programming this year includes an Instagram photo contest, a bus tour led by Baltimore Heritage, a bicycle tour led by Bikemore, guided neighborhood tours and a Mount Vernon scavenger hunt. The third annual Doors Open Baltimore is sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society; Younts Design Inc.; Full Circle Ltd; Fallston Group; GeoTourist; Marks, Thomas Architects; Smithouse Construction, LLC; Gutierrez Studios; Saul Ewing, LLP; Brennan + Company Architects; Investment Counselors of Maryland, LLC; Ames & Gough; and R. House; with grants provided by the Baltimore National Heritage Area, Free Fall Baltimore, and the Abell Foundation. Sponsorships are still available; for more information, call 410-625-2585. Volunteers are also needed to assist in-person on the day of the event; sign up on the website at http://doorsopenbaltimore.org/volunteer/. For a list of participating locations, special events and general information about Doors Open, go to www.doorsopenbaltimore.org. Stay updated on the latest Doors Open Baltimore news and site announcements by liking Doors Open Baltimore on Facebook and following @DoorsOpenBmore on Twitter and Instagram. Share your experiences using the hashtag #dob2016.