Tagged: vacant

3010 Howard Park Avenue

Property Address: 3010 Howard Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207

Property Owner: William Eugene Joyner, Jr., same address

City Council District and Contact:  District 8, Helen Holton

State Senator:  Lisa Gladden

State Delegates:  Jill Carter, Nathaniel Oaks, Samuel Rosenberg

3010 Howard Park Avenue

3010 Howard Park Avenue

Many thanks to Reader A for this photo — what a lovely home this could be!

407 N Rose Street

This is just one of around a dozen properties sent in by Reader SF! Many thanks!

Property Address: 407 N Rose Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: Sanford Kreisler, 21252 Diversion Canal Road, Saint Amant, LA 70774

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete Hammen, Luke Clippinger, Brian McHale

Baltimore Housing filed for receivership of this home in June of this year — Sanford Kreisler has been featured here before, and has dozens of cases filed against him for housing code violations, foreclosures, and lead paint.

407 N Rose Street

407 N Rose Street

704 Debelius Avenue

Property Address: 704 Debelius Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205

Property Owner: Gerald James, 218 E Lexington Street #402, Baltimore, MD 21202

City Council District and Contact: District 2, Brandon Scott

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

704 Debelius Avenue

704 Debelius Avenue

700 Debelius Avenue

Property Address: 700 Debelius Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205

Property Owner: Kareem & Farhan, LLC (charter is forfeited), 5803 Highgate Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

Resident Agent for Kareem & Farhan, LLC: Rukhsana Maqsood, same address

City Council District and Contact: District 2, Brandon Scott

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

700 Debelius Avenue

700 Debelius Avenue

From Bedding to Blight: 4006 Pulaski Highway

Property Address: 4006 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224

Property Owner: Roberts Discount Bedding, Inc. (charter not in good standing), 6 Shadywoods Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Resident Agent for Roberts Discount Bedding, Inc: Lou Friedman, 9A Gwynns Mill Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117

City Council District and Contact: District 2, Brandon Scott

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

4006 Pulaski Highway

4006 Pulaski Highway

A Dying Piece of Baltimore’s Industrial History: 611-661 S Monroe Street

If you’ve ever driven down Monroe Street to Washington Boulevard, you’ve seen this forlorn building next to the bridge:

611-661 S Monroe Street

611-661 S Monroe Street

The brick wall is crumbing, and the building has been in disrepair for years.  On first glance, it appears to be just another one of Baltimore’s many vacant properties, left to rot over the decades.  However, a little research shows this isn’t just any property — it has historic significance, ties to a famous local family, and deserves to be recognized and celebrated.

History

The building was built in the late 19th century, as the headquarters and manufacturing center for the Alma Manufacturing Company, the first company in the United States to make steel buttons and fasteners for clothing.  The company held several patents for their work, among them No. 963,193 and No. 934,136, for buckles.

On the property were long, low mill and multi-story and high-ceiling manufacturing buildings, situated near the rail tracks.

Former site of the Alma Manufacturing Company

Former site of the Alma Manufacturing Company, as seen from S Monroe Street

Alma Manufacturing signage still remains on one of the buildings next to the rail tracks

Alma Manufacturing signage still remains on one of the buildings next to the rail tracks

The Alma Manufacturing company was founded by a German immigrant, Herman Kerngood, in 1887. At the beginning of the 20th century, Herman Kerngood formed a partnership with Moses Hecht, Benjamin F. Hecht, Nathan I. Hecht, S.B. Sonneborn, and Isaac Blum, to establish the American Steel Buckle Company, Inc. with an authorized capital stock of $1000.  The Hechts were of the same family that started Hecht Brothers and the Hecht Company chain of department stores in the Baltimore-Washington region, starting with a used furniture store founded by Samuel Hecht, in 1857.

The company was taken over by Herman’s sons after his death, and then sold to another manufacturing company in 1946.

Source:  Maryland Historical Trust, Inventory of Historic Properties
Source:  Industrial Development and Manufacturer’s Record, July 20, 1905
Source:  Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, Volume CLVI, July 1910
Source:  Baltimore Sun, August 2010 “Shopping in Fells Point at Hecht’s Reliable Store” by Jacques Kelly
Source:  Baltimore Heritage: Hecht-May Company
Recent Years

Sometime around 1983, the complex was purchased by one Mahendra “Mike” Shah, who named the industrial center “Shah Industrial Park”.  One of its tenants at that time was the Naron Candy Company.

611-661 S Monroe Street, 1983 (Photo from the Maryland Historical Trust)

611-661 S Monroe Street, 1983 (Photo from the Maryland Historical Trust)

In 1996, the complex burned to the ground in one of the worst fires in SW Baltimore.  It was later determined by the court that Shah had committed numerous counts of insurance fraud, arson, mail and wire fraud violations, and money laundering.  He was subsequently sentenced to 15 years in prison, in 2004.  In 2006, Shah sought to overturn his conviction, but the US Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, denied his appeal.

Currently, the property is owned by a graphic artist and his wife, having purchased the property in 2009.  I reached out to them twice to find out what they intend to do with the property — once two weeks ago, and then again this morning.  Hopefully they’ll respond.  It’s a terrible shame to see such an important property fall into an even greater state of disrepair.

Larger view of an original Alma Manufacturing building

Larger view of an original Alma Manufacturing building

View of the complex from the rail tracks

View of the complex from the rail tracks

 

 

WWJD? 4914 Curtis Avenue

Property Address:  4914 Curtis Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21226

Property Owner: Truth To New Life Apostolic Post Release Center and Outreach, 9 Central Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Resident Agent for Truth To New Life Apostolic Post Release Center and Outreach: Owen M Taylor, 1304 Harmony Lane, Annapolis, MD 21409 (Mr. Taylor is also pastor of True Life Church)

City Council District and Contact:  District 10, Edward Reisinger

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete Hammen, Luke Clippinger, Brian McHale

4914 Curtis Avenue

4914 Curtis Avenue

No permits are on file for this address — any work that’s been done to this property from 2007 until present day has been done without permits and therefore without being inspected.