Poole & Hunt Lithograph Print. Image courtesy Enoch Pratt Free Library.

When: Friday, May 15 / 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
Organizer: Baltimore Architecture Foundation

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Poole and Hunt to Clipper Mill: A History of Adaptive Use (Nathan Dennies)

The third in a series of virtual tours and presentations with Baltimore Heritage and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation.

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Next up is Nathan Dennies with a short history about Clipper Mill in Woodberry, from the Poole & Hunt machine shop in the 1850s to today, and its many uses in-between.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support the BAF and Baltimore Heritage. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this.

Woodberry was once home to the largest machine shop and iron works in the country. Poole & Hunt thrived alongside the booming textile industry of the Jones Falls Valley. It grew and remained a site of heavy industry for well over a century, was later adapted by a flourishing arts community, and after a tragic fire, was transformed into Clipper Mill: a mixed use development that includes manufacturing, residences, design and engineering firms, fine dining, and more.

This presentation will cover the history of the Poole & Hunt Machine Shop and Iron Works, including the impressive things they made here, from the columns of the Capitol Building in Washington DC to contributions to both World War efforts. Discover how this site of heavy industry has changed over its 170 year history to meet the various needs of its users. And learn about the role of historic preservation in adapting historic sites for modern uses.

About the Presenter

Nathan Dennies is the Associate Director of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation. He serves as chair of the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance, and on the boards of the Friends of The Jones Falls, Baltimore City Historical Society, and the Greater Baltimore History Alliance. Nathan has spent the past 6 years researching the industrial history of the Jones Falls Valley and lives in Woodberry.

About the Baltimore Architecture Foundation

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) celebrates design and the built environment. Launched in 1987, BAF encourages people to explore Baltimore architecture: to be mindful of the area’s history, and recognize Baltimore’s architectural heritage, and appreciate its design innovations.

Through its tours, lectures, educational programs for adults and kids, exhibitions, research, and publications, the BAF demonstrates how ideas are manifested in the built environment and urban design of the city.


About Baltimore Heritage

Founded in 1960, Baltimore Heritage, Inc. is Baltimore’s nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization. With a small staff, 33 volunteer board members, and a host of volunteers, we work to preserve and promote Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.


Image: Poole & Hunt Lithograph Print. Image courtesy Enoch Pratt Free Library.