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In 1994, we acquired and fully renovated the Baltimore Commercial Bank Building, a Baltimore landmark built in the French Renaissance style by famed architects E. Francis Baldwin and Josias Pennington, located in the heart of Baltimore’s business district, just a block from the famed Inner Harbor.  Constructed in 1901 to house the main branch of the Baltimore Commercial Bank, this is one of the few buildings to have survived the Great Baltimore Fire of 1905.  It was used continuously as a bank until it was purchased by the firm.

Our restoration of the building took more than a year, and we moved in for business in early 1995. A single large banking room with a 40-foot high ceiling covered with plaster rosettes and other ornamentation was brought back to its original condition. We removed a drop ceiling to expose 6 brass chandeliers that hang 20 feet from the ceiling.

The vault now serves as a library area, and the money counting room that was used by the banks was transformed into a conference room. Polished marble floors and original mahogany paneling remain in several offices, which are further enhanced by the original fireplaces.

Following the restoration project, we were honored to receive the First Place Award from the American Bar Association’s Law Office Design Competition, the Maryland Historical Trust’s Preservation Project Award, the Baltimore Heritage Historical Preservation Award, and the National Builder’s Council’s Award for Excellence. The building has been featured on both the big and small screen, appearing in episodes of “Law & Order”; “Homicide”; as well as the HBO movie, “Shot Through the Heart”.

We are extremely proud of our contribution to Baltimore's historic legacy. Our staff and our clients find the building to be a beautiful and inspiring place to work and conduct business.