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Industrial Baltimore Lecture and Doors Open Baltimore Launch Event
October 23, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Over the course of several centuries, Baltimore evolved from a Colonial-era port city to a thriving and dynamic city of nearly a million people at the conclusion of World War II. As the city grew, a wide variety of industries were established. Railroads, ports, manufacturing sites, and public infrastructure, such as power plants, fundamentally transformed large swaths of Baltimore’s landscape. However, the second half of the 20th century saw a dramatic and often traumatic restructuring of the city’s economy; individual businesses and entire industrial sectors downsized, relocated, or completely collapsed. Today many such areas of Baltimore have changed radically as abandoned manufacturing sites have been demolished or converted to new uses. This talk is based on research compiled by architect and author, Tom Liebel for his book, Images of America: Industrial Baltimore (Arcadia Publishing: 2006) which documents a vital component of the city’s working past through historic photographs of the people and sites that made the city an essential economic engine of the Industrial Revolution.
Author Bio: Tom Liebel, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a Baltimore-based architect whose work focuses on integrating sustainable design and adaptive use strategies for historic urban commercial and industrial structures. Tom Liebel is the 2014 President of the Baltimore Chapter of The American Institute of Architects.
A book-signing and reception will follow the lecture.
This event will launch Doors Open Baltimore: Industrial Baltimore to be held on Saturday, October 25, from 10 am – 4 pm, in which buildings from across the city will be open for visitors to come in and explore! This year’s theme is “Industrial Baltimore”: learn more about buildings connected to Baltimore’s industrial heritage and continuing legacy.