Phase I Exterior Renovations Complete

The Peale Center Board of Directors is pleased to report that Phase I of the building restoration is complete. The Department of General Services (DGS) of the City of Baltimore has increased its level of service as far as maintenance and repair to the building in the past year. Major maintenance items have included the installation of a security alarm system for about $10,000; installation of a new chiller for $30,000; and a new boiler for about $36,000. Beyond these big-ticket items, other maintenance work is ongoing in the amount of about $10,000 per year with an additional $10,000 per year going to utilities. WiFi has been installed in the building. Phase 1 of the restoration—a new roof and exterior masonry repair—has been completed at the cost of $700,000. This was paid for by the City of Baltimore. This work was identified as the highest priority because it will stop water infiltration to the building and will abate ongoing damage.

The Phase II renovations will be complete in Spring 2018, including restoration of the windows and doors, exterior woodwork, and original entrance plus floodproofing has begun. The costs of roughly $337,000 are being paid by the Peale Center thanks to the generosity of its supporters.

Fundraising is still underway for the Phase III renovations of the building’s interior. These include new restrooms, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, a café, plaster and paint restoration as well as the addition of an elevator and accessible entrance.

Help us restore the Peale and make it accessible for all! Please give generously to the Campaign to See Baltimore in a New Light

Author: The Peale

The Peale is based in the first museum to be purpose-built in the United States, designed by architect Robert Cary Long Sr. and opened by artist Rembrandt Peale in 1814. It is a building of many firsts, and today in the creative spirit of its founder is relaunching as an innovative Center to celebrate the unique history of Baltimore, its people and their buildings through the authentic stories of the City. Currently under renovation, the Peale is open for special events and occasional tours.

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