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15 - The Compound

2239 Kirk Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218

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Construction Date:2010
Architect:Quinn Evans with help from Neighborhood Design Center (NDC)


Visitor Experience

Staff will be on site to answer questions and direct people into the Artist Passive Houses, Courtyard, and venue/exhibition space.


In 2010, Baltimore artists Nicholas Wisniewski and Marlon Ziello seized the opportunity to breathe new life into the once-vacant S.W. Betz forklift factory building, transforming it into the Compound, a distinctive nonprofit artist-run project. The 22,000 square feet space serves as a haven for artistic pursuits, offering affordable residence, studio and event spaces, as well as a woodshop and recording studio for a community of ten resident artists. The space also functions as an active hub in the neighborhood, welcoming local small businesses, community-based organizations, volunteer initiatives, and providing educational and employment opportunities for Midway residents. As part of the complex’s ongoing development, four row houses have been rehabilitated and adapted to become Baltimore’s first multi-unit passive house-certified structure.

  • Accessibility: Partially handicap accessible (Only parts of the building can be accessed via wheelchair)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Restrooms: Public Restrooms