Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum

Living Classrooms Foundation: Baltimore, MD

This waterfront park and museum with integral education center commemorates the famous abolitionist who fled from slavery in the historic Baltimore neighborhood of Fells Point, as well as the nation’s first African-American shipyard owner who worked nearby. The $13M project is the first multi-cultural heritage tourism and education site on Baltimore’s waterfront. JPA was involved in the conversion of this 1840’s warehouse that had suffered significant fire damage, to a museum that focuses on the skills, techniques, heroes, and historical impact of Baltimore’s maritime past. A new adjoining 13,000-SF building was constructed as an education center to focus on the evolution of the maritime trades and related technologies. JPA also provided MEP design for office and meeting space, a café, and a computer imaging area and woodshop where students could design and build boats. The museum has since converted the café and woodshop into a restaurant.

Photos © Alain Jaramillo Architectural Photography

Architect: Ziger/Snead Architects

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