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Panel approves two new city landmarks on the Westside

A city commission voted Tuesday to add two downtown buildings on the city’s Westside to the list of Baltimore City Landmarks.

The Baltimore Commission on Historical & Architectural Preservation voted to add the old Baltimore Equitable Society Building at 21 N. Eutaw St. and the Turnbull Building at 311 and 313 W. Baltimore St. to the list after a brief hearing Tuesday near City Hall.

The old Baltimore Equitable Society Building is located across from the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. It is now Alewife, a restaurant and pub owned by Bill Carr.

The Turnbull Building, located around the corner, is being converted to 18 apartments by owner Ibrahim Sheikh.

The vote by CHAP means both designations will move on to the city’s Planning Commission for approval to the list. If that is received, the proposals will be forwarded to the City Council for a vote.

The Baltimore City Landmarks list holds structures that have historical significance to the city, said Kirby Fowler, president of the Downtown Business Partnership of Baltimore.

Criteria for selection to the list includes “the quality of significance in Baltimore history, architecture, archeology, engineering,” according to the CHAP website.

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