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8 - Baltimore Design School

1500 Barclay St, Baltimore, MD, 21202

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Construction Date:1914


Visitor Experience

Guided tours available on the half-hour (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.).


Baltimore Design School is located in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District in the Greenmount West community. The building has classrooms and specialized labs for the design tracks, art and science, as well as a library/media center, galleries and a multipurpose room/cafeteria. The 115,000-square-foot award-winning building was purchased by BDS, Inc. in 2010 and renovated for use as the Baltimore Design School. The factory building was redesigned by local architectural firm Ziger/Snead, and redeveloped by Seawall Development Corp as part of a $26.5 million project to repurpose the site for a school. The school was opened for the 2013-2014 school year. The building, dating back to 1915, tells a long Baltimore story. It was first home to the Crown Cork and Seal Company, legendary inventors of the bottle cap. In the 1970s, the building was converted to a factory for the Lebow Bros. to manufacture men’s suits until its doors closed in 1985. The site remained abandoned until BDS was founded in 2010.

  • Accessibility: Fully handicap accessible (Entire building can be accessed via wheelchair)
  • Parking: On-site Free Parking