Maryland Heritage Areas Authority awards $90,000 to revitalize the Phoenix Shot Tower

Carroll Museums, Inc. is pleased to announce a $90,000 grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to support the revitalization of the Phoenix Shot Tower. These funds will be matched 1:1 by City Bond funding secured by Baltimore voters last fall.

Carroll Museums will use these funds to complete the design and implementation of new lighting and stair improvements at the Shot Tower. The goal is to improve safety along the interior stair and have better public access to reach the tower’s upper floors and roof.

“Carroll Museums wants to provide an immersive experience at the Tower,” said Paula Hankins Carroll Museums Executive Director. “One that conveys the scale of the building and what it might have felt like to be a 19th century Tower worker. We also want guests to experience the historical narrative of Baltimore City using the 360 degree vista from the tower’s top. It’s a living “map” from Fort McHenry to Baltimore County.”

This grant is one of 52 that the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority recently awarded statewide. The grants support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland.

Carroll Mansion wins designation as All American House 2016 - Baltimore City to receive first-in-the-Nation All American City Award

MADE: In America to present first-in-the-Nation All American City™ award to the
Honorable Stephanie-Rawlings-Blake, Mayor
of the City of Baltimore
and announce
Carroll Mansion as the All American House™ / 2016.

BALTIMORE (July 1, 2015): MADE: In America today announces the presentation of the first-in-the-nation All American City award to the Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on behalf of the City of Baltimore. The award is being presented in conjunction with the announcement that Carroll Mansion has been designated the All American House / 2016. The award ceremony and announcement will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel on July 4, 2015. Invited guests and members of the media should arrive at 6pm at the Mica Room for the ceremony to be held at 6:30pm.

The first-in-the-nation All American City Award is being presented in recognition of Baltimore’s singular influence in shaping America’s cultural and architectural history and for its dedication to preserving its unique built environment. The City of Baltimore’s unique and varied neighborhoods, taken as a whole, comprise an exemplary collection of urban environments that have played a defining role in shaping American design.

The All American House is the Nation’s premiere showcase of the best in American design and products, set in the context of an iconic house property. Baltimore’s historic Carroll Mansion was chosen as the 2016 All American House, and will be open to the public April 23, 2016, through July 7, 2016.

MADE: In America and Carroll Museums will create an All American House Affiliates Network to celebrate the All American House in the All American City. The Network will consist of civic organizations; historic sites; cultural and academic institutions; neighborhood associations; preservation groups, and business across the city that will help showcase the city’s treasure trove of historic buildings, parks, and civic spaces. The network will provide the city with an unparalleled high profile platform to attract national media attention and draw tourists from across the nation and around the world.

The All American House Affiliates Network will begin taking applications starting July 5, 2015. Organizations interested in joining should submit an email request to The Affiliates Network will operate in conjunction with the All American House from April 23- July 7, 2016.

About Carroll Museums

Carroll Museums is the nonprofit organization spearheading the revitalization of Baltimore’s Carroll Mansion and Phoenix Shot Tower through innovation, collaboration, and cultural stewardship. The Carroll Museums Board of Trustees is currently led by Andrew Naden.

“Our vision for the Carroll Mansion is to become an invigorating space to celebrate Baltimore’s past and present, while stimulating ideas for a better future. We are thrilled to be working with MADE: In America on the All American House™ 2016 and we are eager to celebrate, on a national stage, Baltimore’s remarkable history, architecture, and creative spirit.” said Paula Hankins, Executive Director of Carroll Museums.

About MADE: In America

MADE: In America’s mission is to create and foster a business climate conducive to the free exchange of ideas and information to revitalize and sustain the competitiveness of American commerce and industry in a global economy. A non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the organization advances the American enterprise system through innovative public/private sector collaborations and educational initiatives throughout the United States.

Produced by MADE: in America with participation from the US Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel and the American Society of Interiors Designers, the All American House features products from leading American manufacturers with a special emphasis on Maryland-based companies. Room designs are created by student teams enrolled in top schools of interior design, architecture and related academic programs. Students earn course credit while working with and learning from leading designers, home furnishings industry executives and authorities in the field of historic house preservation.

Contact: James DeLorbe


"Last Call" Transformation Closing Reception
Thursday June 11 from 5pm-7pm

Didn't make the opening? Come join us for the closing reception of "Transformation" at Carroll Museums on Thursday June 11 from 5pm-7pm. The reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. 

Carroll Mansion has transformed numerous times in its 200 year history, from a home to a saloon, from tenements to a school, and from a recreation center to museum. Come explore the theme of transformation through a contemporary artist lens.

Featuring: Eileen ODonnell , Qianfei Wang , Dasol Kim , Nicole Johnson, Liz Harman, Sarah Eargle, Sebastian Sears, Stephanie Schafer, Don James, Winston Harris, Ramsey Brisueno, Gail Watkins, Alison Young, Helen Glazer, Lillian Hoover, Mia Fiorentino, Jillian Davis, Greg McLemore, and student representatives from the Maiden Choice School.

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