The Lion Brothers Building and Open Works adaptive reuse projects were honored with Baltimore Heritage Awards in a ceremony held at the historic Lexington Market.

Founded in 1960, Baltimore Heritage is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Baltimore’s historic buildings and promoting historic and architectural preservation.  
On June 15, Baltimore Heritage held a celebration and award ceremony to honor outstanding preservation and revitalization projects in Baltimore. Two projects by Cho Benn Holback, a Quinn Evans Company are among the most exciting winning projects, the Lion Brothers Building and Open Works. 
This historic industrial Lion Brothers Building was built in several phases between 1885 and 1960 and once housed the operations of the world’s largest embroidery manufacturer: The Lion Brothers. With the help of state and federal historic tax credits, the team was able to successfully renovate the building into a multi-use space, while keeping and enhancing the structure’s iconic industrial character. The team was led by QEA principal Diane Cho, AIA and included Ethan Marchant, AIA, LEED AP. The project included the restoration of the exterior façade, interior construction of a new core, design of tenant space, and integration of new MEP systems. The design features exposed brick walls, refinished concrete and wood floors, and retention of old steel-clad fire doors.  

Open Works renovation of an old 2-story warehouse in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District into an interactive space for artists, small scale manufacturing and micro studio startups. This new “makerspace” offers shared facilities and equipment which include classrooms, a wood shop, metal shop, 3D printing machines, CNC routers, and textiles and electronics, to name a few. These are all centered around a multi-use gathering/performance space intended for artistic and entrepreneurial collaboration. The project team included QEA principal Anath Ranon, AIA, LEED AP and Ethan Marchant, AIA, LEED AP. 

“We really think we can see a lot of small businesses coming out of here. The way we’re going to rebuild manufacturing in the city is from the grass roots up” 
- Will Holman, General Manager for Open Works