Yet Another Boost for the Station North Arts & Entertainment DistrictPosted: April 2, 2012
altimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District has for the past decade been shaping to be one of the most appealing areas the city has to offer. Conveniently located near Penn Station, Mount Vernon, Charles Village, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and University of Baltimore (UB), the district has evolved into “a diverse collection of artist live-work spaces, galleries, rowhomes and businesses, nestled inside a culture that looks to be getting trendier by the day. And now news that the old Lebow Brothers Building at Oliver and Barclay Streets (visible from 83 N) will be restored into a $25M Baltimore Design School.
It’s quite a change from the now decrepit manufacturing plant that once churned out men’s suits nearly 60 years ago under the Lebow name. Before then, it was used by Crown Cork and Seal Co. as a steel and reinforced concrete plant in the early 1900s. For nearly 30 years now it has sat locked up and vacant, and in many ways vulnerable to the decaying elements of nature.
The development results through partnerships between the state’s Department of Education, the Seawall Development Company, and the Baltimore Design School, who will occupy the site as part of an expanding campus. Some of the old sewing machines left among the other molding garments and artifacts will be preserved for display, appropriate considering the new facility’s emphasis on fashion.
The Station North Arts & Entertainment District spans the neighborhoods of Charles North, Greenmount West, and Barclay. Some current destinations in the district worth visiting include The Windup Space, Joe Squared, and The Metro Gallery. It is also the annual home of Baltimore’s very popular Artscape festival.