Preservationists from around the state are cautiously optimistic about the future of two historic buildings after the Structural Group completed the first round of emergency stabilization.

The historic buildings, which some research suggests may date to the early 1800s, were severely damaged in the historic flood of July 30, 2016. Initial reports suggested there was no way of saving these buildings — an assertion that put the preservation community into action.

Some of the oldest buildings in Ellicott City, damaged by the flood.

Some of the oldest buildings in Ellicott City, damaged by the flood.

Thanks to the support of Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and our partners at the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area, Preservation Maryland was able to connect the property owners with an engineering team from Keast & Hood and an accomplished stabilization crew from the Structural Group. The technical assistance associated with this emergency project was supported by donations Preservation Maryland received through its Flood Recovery Fund.

On the morning of Sunday, August 7th, the historic buildings which lost critical load bearing supports during the flood received an emergency support system. While their future is far from certain, it’s a positive step for the iconic Ellicott City historic district.

Emergency stabilization of Ellicott City buildings, August 7, 2016

Emergency stabilization, August 7, 2016


Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding explained,

This was teamwork at its best – and started with tremendous support from County Executive Kittleman, who is an elected leader that cares about history and heritage. Thanks to the support of many Marylanders, and dedicated property owners, we were able to make this happen and we all hope that this is the first of many ‘saves’ we can celebrate as Ellicott City recovers.