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16 - The Cork Factory

1601 Guilford Ave, Baltimore MD 21202

Construction Date:1898
More Historical Info via Baltimore Heritage


Visitor Experience

Several studios and residences will be open for public viewing. Docents will lead tours throughout the day


By 1931, the Crown Cork and Seal Company had become the leading supplier of bottle caps worldwide. Founded in 1892 by Baltimore native William Painter, inventor of the bottle cap, the company established its headquarters in Baltimore for six decades. Its first big production facility, located in Guilford Avenue, was a six-floor Victorian building where the company operated until the 1930s, when they relocated to a larger industrial complex in Highlandtown. The 33,000 square foot building was bought for $200,000 in 1997 by an artist collective, transforming it into a residence and work space. Notably, in 2002, the art community in the neighborhood, including the Cork Factory, the adjacent CopyCat building and Area 405, received recognition as Baltimore’s first arts and entertainment district, known as Station North.

  • Accessibility: Fully handicap accessible (Entire building can be accessed via wheelchair)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Restrooms: Public Restrooms