Cost of Restoring City Hall’s White Walls Exceeds $16 Million, with Other Expenses to Come

The Board of Estimates today approved the 31st EWO, or extra work order, to buff up and repair the white marble walls that enclose Baltimore’s seat of government, while allocating $3.4 million more to replace a roof that is “corroding to the point of section loss.”

While the cost of restoring the exterior of the ornate 19th century landmark has passed the $16 million mark – making it 152% more expensive than the last full restoration in 1975-77 – the Scott administration made it a point to say the project is not another example of runaway costs.

Instead, General Services Director Berke Attila told the board he “believes” the restoration “will end up saving us about $1.5 million.”