Paca House

Baltimore, Maryland

Renovation and expansion of three historic buildings for permanent supportive housing

Baltimore, Maryland

Somerset Development Co.

Completion Date

73,600 SF
82 units supportive housing
10 units market-rate housing

Project Type
Affordable Supportive Housing, New Construction, Renovation

Sustainability Certifications
Energy Star, Enterprise Green Community Standards

Professional Credits
Waldon Studio Architects

Permanent supportive housing

Located on Paca Street just blocks from the Baltimore harbor, renovation and expansion of three buildings for Paca House eliminated outdate Single-Room-Occupancy apartments in favor of 41 studios and 51 one-bedroom units, of which 82 units are permanent supportive housing for the homeless and veterans, and 10 units are market-rate housing. New amenities include a computer lab, library, lounge, two community rooms, on-site laundry, cable television service and computer-ready apartments, and a robust set of supportive services provided by the Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas (VOACC).

Original historic interior details were kept intact, working within the footprints of three existing buildings and incorporating three new additions that double the square footage of the building. One of the additions filled in a vacant parcel along North Paca Street, thereby restoring the urban fabric of that block.


Donald Kann, RA, NCARB

Principal, Housing & Mixed Use Practice Leader
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