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Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation photograph collection

Identifier: 1984.22


This collection consists of nine boxes of more than 2400 photographs taken as part of an architectural survey of Baltimore neighborhoods by the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) in the 1960s. The photographs, almost all 3 ½" x 3 ½" or 3 ½" x 5” black and white photographic prints, are exterior views of buildings identified by street and street number. There are also twelve 35mm negatives.


  • circa 1964-1969, 1967


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.

Biographical / Historical

In 1964, Baltimore City established the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP). CHAP's mission is to enhance and promote the culture and economy of Baltimore through the preservation of buildings, structures, sites and neighborhoods that have aesthetic, historic, and architectural value. The Commission (a City board appointed by the Mayor) and its staff are located within the Department of Planning.


9 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is broken down into five series by neighborhood. Series include: Series I. Miscellaneous; Series II. Union Square; Series III. Bolton Hill; Series IV. Seton Hill; Series V. Dickeyville.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was acquired in 1984 by the Baltimore City Life Museums. In 1997 the Baltimore City Life Museums/Peale Museum closed due to lack of funding. Their collections were transferred to the Maryland Historical Society in 1998.



Scope and Contents

The collection is broken down into five series by neighborhood. Photographs found in Series IV & V, include building surveys with architectural data including original use, present use (1960s), building material, and notable features. The photographs in Series II-V were removed from their original ledgers. The photographs in Series I were numbered prior to their acquisition by MdHS; this numbering system was retained through the rest of the collection.

Series I: Miscellaneous

This series contains approximately 1,200 photographs of buildings in a number of neighborhoods, primarily in West Baltimore. Neighborhoods represented include: Fells Point, Mt. Vernon, Midtown, Bolton Hill, Upton, Madison Park, Federal Hill, Inner Harbor, Remington, Woodberry, Hampden, Cold Spring, Mondawmin, Woodbrook, Sandtown-Winchester, Harlem Park, Downtown, and Montebello. The most represented neighborhood is Bolton Hill.

Series II: Union Square

This series consists of 346 photographs of buildings in the Union Square Neighborhood. Streets represented include: Calhoun Street, Gilmor Street, Hollins Street, Lemmon Street, Lombard Street, Mount Street, Pratt Street, and Stricker Street.

Series III: Bolton Hill

This series consists of 210 photographs of buildings in Bolton Hill. Streets represented include: Bolton Place, Park Avenue,

Series IV: Seton Hill

This series consists of 506 photographs of buildings in the neighborhood of Seton Hill. Streets represented include: Druid Hill Avenue, Eutaw Street, Franklin Street, George Street, Jasper Street, Monument Street, Orchard Street, Paca Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, St. Mary’s Street, Seminary Court, and Tessier Street. Includes Building Surveys starting with Image ID# 1984.22.790.

Series V: Dickeyville

This series consists of 156 photographs of buildings in the neighborhood of Dickeysville. Streets represented include: Forest Park Avenue, Pickwick Road, Sekota Road, Tucker Lane, and Wetheredsville Road. Includes Building Surveys.

Guide to the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation photograph collection
In Progress
Damon Talbot and Sidney Levy
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-05: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States