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Historic Annapolis Issues Preservation Awards

Date: October 13, 2016

Each year at its Annual Meeting in October, Historic Annapolis recognizes property owners who have preserved and protected the historic fabric of their property in Annapolis.  Awards are given to individuals, groups or projects that have exemplified dedication to the philosophy and actions of preserving our city through its architecture, design, and culture.

We are pleased to announce this year's winners:

Jim O'Hare for the Rehabilitation of 43 Lafayette Avenue.

43 Lafayette Avenue, also known as the Bakery Lofts Building is a good example of an early 20th century vernacular commercial structure and a great example of how well the historic tax credit program can work.  Built between 1913 and 1921, the building was originally a bakery and then a warehouse before it was renovated in the 1970s. Through the recent rehabilitation process, Mr. O'Hare was able to retain and repair historic wood windows, trim and molding.  The interior was designed for two apartments, one on each floor, which required the installation of new plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. New features, such as windows to replace those that were missing or deteriorated beyond repair, were selected to match the existing historic configuration and profile.  Exterior work included repointing of the masonry walls and chimneys, and painting of wood elements. This project was approved for Federal, State, and local tax credits for completing the rehabilitation in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.  This project serves as a model for combining tax credits and will be used as a case study during Historic Annapolis's October 29th Preserve and Save: Historic Preservation Tax Credits Workshop being held at the James Brice House, 42 East Street, at 9am.  For more information on the workshop, visit

Mark Pipkin for 45 Fleet Street, The William Slicer House

The William Slicer House, circa 1770, is an excellent example of a modest, neatly built house of the artisan class in the colonial period.  Mr. Pipkin purchased the home from the Orlando Ridout family, and is continuing with the strong tradition of stewardship that has been long associated with the property. He is working with Historic Annapolis staff to identify the best preservation strategy to protect the unique scratch drawings found in the home.

The Greater Parole Community

With Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell-Charles at the helm, the greater parole community has been engaged in numerous heritage-related celebrations over the past two years. There has been much to celebrate in Parole recently:

The 100 year anniversary of the Walter S. Mills-Parole Elementary School, which underwent extensive renovations over the past few years.
The 80 year anniversary of the Community Health Center at Parole, which was recently nominated for a local landmark listing.
The development of a scavenger hung for history called "Walk Parole," created in conjunction with the Four Rivers Heritage Area and the City of Annapolis Heritage Commission as part of the 2016 Maryland Day Celebration. 
Many other events demonstrate the great sense of pride enjoyed by this community, from oral history interviews with some of the neighborhoods' oldest residents to the Chambers Park summer concert series.

The Greater Parole Community is one of Annapolis's oldest African American neighborhoods, and Historic Annapolis is pleased to honor them for their efforts in "preserving the past, promoting the present, and protecting the future" of Parole.


About Historic Annapolis:

Established in 1952, Historic Annapolis is the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, Maryland. Our mission is to Preserve and Protect the historic places, objects, and stories of Maryland’s capital city, and provide engaging experiences that Connect people to the area’s diverse heritage. For more information or to get involved with Historic Annapolis, visit


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