Lovely Lane United Methodist Church

Baltimore, Maryland

c. l885 Romanesque-style church designed by renowned architect Stanford White

Location
Baltimore, Maryland

Completion Date
2004 - ongoing

Project Type
Phased Rehabilitation, Church

Awards
2021 ABC Merit Award – Construction Under $1 Million
2006 Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture, Southeast Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH)
2004 Excellence in Design Award, AIA Baltimore Chapter
2004 Preservation Project Award, Maryland Historical Trust
2004 Preservation Award, Baltimore Heritage

Professional Credits
Kann Partners
Waldon Studio Architects

Restoring a historic treasure

Lovely Lane United Methodist Church is a c. l885 Romanesque-style church designed by renowned architect Stanford White. Historic preservation and restoration has occurred in multiple phases since 1980.

The scope has included: cleaning and repointing of the granite and gneiss exterior; rehabilitation of all roofing and storm water drainage systems, including restoration of the tower’s terra-cotta “fish scale” tile roofing and weather vane, as well as a new terra-cotta tile roofing system; restoration of all stained and painted art glass, including the original Tiffany windows in the chapel and stairwells; accessibility improvements throughout the building; and restoration and updating of the 1930s auditorium and gymnasium. A central HVAC system was installed in the 1930s addition, with future capacity for the remaining building spaces.

Restoring the main sanctuary

Most recently, restoration of the main sanctuary was completed, including: replication of the fresco of the heavens on the sanctuary’s domed ceiling, restoration of original painted and stained finishes, fabrication of new Wilton-patterned carpet to match the original, repair and restoration of the original theater-style seating, new “atmospheric” and task lighting, and restoration of the original ventilation panel system.

Ravi Waldon, AIA, LEED AP

Principal
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Katherine Good, CSI, APT

Senior Project Manager
Historic Preservation Practice Leader
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