As Woodberry Becomes a Historic District, a Key Historic Site is Targeted for Demolition

By Ed Gunts and Mark Reutter, BaltimoreBrew

The Schenuit Rubber Tire Factory occupies one of the most historically significant sites in the Jones Falls Valley, the location of one of Baltimore’s first textile mills, the Woodberry Factory.

But the three-story building at 1750-60 Union Avenue may soon disappear, and there’s nothing Baltimore’s preservation commission can do about it – even though the area surrounding it officially became a local historic district this week.

Such a designation means that any changes proposed for buildings within the district’s boundaries, up to and including demolition, must be approved by the Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation before the city will issue a building permit.