St. Francis Neighborhood Center

The St. Francis Neighborhood Center, in the JoS. A. Bank homeplace in the Reservoir Hill area of east Baltimore, is an independent, community based organization that has been a cornerstone of community activity since 1963. The Center offers a wide variety workshops and programs for youth and adults. These include "The Power Project" an after school program that emphasizes academics and the arts, computer literacy workshops and adult educational workshops. Activities include regular potlucks, fitness and yoga classes, and a book exchange among others The St. Francis Neighborhood Center is an exceptional and committed resource in the high needs neighborhood of Reservoir Hill.

Project Description

In the late spring of 2015 Episcopal Housing Corporation joined with St. Francis Neighborhood Center to ultimately renovate and expand their offices and program spaces at 2405 Linden Avenue. St. Francis has been making a difference in the Reservoir Hill area of Baltimore City since 1963 and has been in need of more space for some time. Housed in the historically significant boyhood home of clothier JoS. A. Bank, the intention is to restore the house as nearly as possible to its former grandeur while, at the same time, upgrading systems and making the spaces more functional for it’s current use. As part of the expansion, an addition will be constructed at the rear of the house. When finished, the house will be used primarily for administrative offices and small programs and the addition will house larger classrooms, studios and program areas. Design for the renovation is proceeding apace as is the acquisition of funding for the $3M project. Construction is slated to begin in early 2017

Owner | St. Francis Neighborhood Center

Architect | RM Sovich Architecture Inc.

Contractor | Southway Builders, Inc.