January 2, 2020 / BAF Forum

Announcing the Jim Dilts Publication Award

(l-r) Jerome Gray, BAF Board Member with Lance Humphries, Jim Dilts Award Recipient. Photo courtesy Baltimore Snap.


Lance Humphries, The Baltimore Townhouse 1780-1865

For the first time, the BAF presented the Jim Dilts Publication Award to a local author and historian who is working toward publishing a new work, which expands upon the existing canon of knowledge of Baltimore’s built environment.

This year’s recipient is architectural historian, Lance Humphries. Lance will use the funds to obtain image rights for his new publication entitled, The Baltimore Townhouse 1780-1865. We wish Lance well in this endeavor and we look forward to reading this new book soon upon its release.

The Jim Dilts Award was created in memory of author, Baltimore Sun newspaperman, and BAF board member James D. Dilts. As a founding member of BAF’s ‘Dead Architects Society’ Jim authored and edited many books, including A Guide to Baltimore Architecture, The Great Road, the Building of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, The World the Trains Made and also co-authored Baltimore’s Cast-Iron Buildings.

The Jim Dilts Award is a monetary prize of $1,000 that will be awarded annually to architectural writers who are approaching publication on topics relating to Baltimore architecture.