Baltimore, MD (May 7, 2021) – In-person tours are returning to Doors Open Baltimore. Throughout October, attendees can expect tours of parks and neighborhoods, and behind-the-scenes tours of beloved Baltimore landmarks. In addition, Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) will offer virtual programs including live presentations and lectures, and virtual tours of buildings not accessible to the public.
The 2021 event will build off the success of last year’s Doors Open Baltimore, which included over 40 virtual programs. Going virtual provided greater accessibility and helped BAF reach an international audience. “A silver lining of the pandemic has been learning how to produce engaging virtual content,” said Nathan Dennies, Associate Director of BAF. “There is a great demand for it and we’ll definitely be incorporating virtual programming long after the pandemic is over.”
BAF is excited to be able to offer in-person program tours again. Themes will include Arts Districts & Main Streets, Olmsted Parks, and Landscapes, Celebrating Diverse Designers, and AIA Baltimore’s 150th Anniversary. “Although we still can’t gather for a huge open house event as we have in past years, we are excited to offer people opportunities throughout the month of October to gather in small groups to tour some special sites,” said Doors Open Baltimore Committee Co-Chair Margaret De Arcangelis. “Whether you are looking for an outdoor walking tour or a behind-the-scenes visit inside a special space, we will have something for everyone.”
Doors Open Baltimore 2021 will be the first to include the Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design, located at One Charles Center and BAF’s new home. Visitors will be able to see the SAY IT LOUD Maryland exhibition spotlighting the contributions of Maryland’s diverse designers to the built environment. The exhibition is set to open during Doors Open Baltimore.
Organized by BAF, Doors Open Baltimore is the free citywide festival of architecture and neighborhoods that invites thousands of people to explore the city and make meaningful connections to the built environment.
Program announcements will be made in the months leading up to October. BAF staff is monitoring COVID-19 developments and will follow the guidance of Baltimore City for all programs.
About Baltimore Architecture Foundation
The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) celebrates design and the built environment.
Launched in 1987, BAF encourages people to explore Baltimore architecture: to be mindful of the area’s history, and recognize Baltimore’s architectural heritage, and appreciate its design innovations.
Through its tours, lectures, educational programs for adults and kids, exhibitions, research, and publications, the BAF demonstrates how ideas are manifested in the built environment and urban design of the city.