Sunday, October 8, 2023 12:30 pmEnds
Sunday, October 8, 2023 1:30 pm
About the Tour
In 1891, the Baltimore Traction Company constructed a facility between Pratt Street and Granby Street as part of the company’s foray into traction-powered trolley cars. This facility, the Car Barn and Power House (“Car Barn”), served its intended purpose until the advent of electric streetcars rendered the cable traction technology obsolete just a few years after the building’s construction. Throughout the 20th century, the Car Barn and later additions to the site were utilized as storage, maintenance, and repair facilities for Baltimore’s
Department of Public Works.
The Baltimore-based development firms Cross Street Partners and Beatty Development Group have partnered to rehabilitate the existing historic buildings into commercial space suitable for office, retail, and workforce training purposes. Character-defining features of the Car Barn – including the exposed brick walls, historic windows, and sky-lights – will be preserved. Updates to the building’s site, systems, and interior will ensure the space is safe, accessible, and functional for both tenants and visitors.
The buildings that make up the Car Barn footprint are united by their industrial character but defined by differing layouts, ceiling heights, and levels of ornamentation. The site’s flexible C-2 zoning can accommodate a variety of small-to-medium commercial uses such as co-working, office, restaurant, gym, retail, and workforce training.