1 West Mount Vernon Place

Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, Maryland

1 West Mount Vernon Place was originally gifted to the Walters Art Museum to serve the museum’s ever-growing collection of Asian art. After several decades of service, the 167-year-old Greek Revival mansion in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon historic district needed an extensive renovation. The building received mechanical, electrical, and envelope improvements, including a state-of-the-art water mist sprinkler system that limits damage to art and interior structures in the event of a fire. An art piece in itself, renovations followed the exacting standards dictated by the perpetual easement held on the property by the Maryland Historical Trust. Numerous historic details were carefully restored or preserved, including millwork, plasterwork, decorative metalwork, and the prominent circa 1892 Tiffany glass skylight.

Awards + Recognition

  • Certificate of Special Recognition, Office of United States Senator Benjamin Cardin, 2019
  • Project Excellence in Institutional Rehabilitation Award, Maryland Historical Trust, 2019
  • Preservation Project Award, Baltimore Heritage, 2019
  • Craftsmanship Award for Masonry and Exterior Stone, Building Congress Exchange, 2019
  • WaveMaker Award, Urban Land Institute, 2018
  • Best Museum in a Museum, Baltimore Magazine, 2018
  • Craftsmanship Award, Preservation Maryland, 2018
  • Excellence in Construction Award, Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore Chapter, 2018