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The Baltimore Herb Festival, established in 1987, came into being as a fund-raising project to support the care, maintenance, and repair of the Winans Chapel while promoting the value of using and growing herbs through an annual festival. The Baltimore Herb Festival Inc. has taken the leadership in stewardship of the Chapel and now, in close consultation with the City’s Department of Recreation and Parks and the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), is providing leadership for a major preservation project for the historic structure.
of the Project
The Baltimore Herb Festival is seeking capital funding to preserve and improve the exterior of the historic Winans Chapel, located in the Crimea estate portion of Leakin Park in West Baltimore. Built in 1859, the chapel is a 990 sq. foot structure 1859 gothic revival wooden structure with board-and-batten siding. In recognition of its historic importance, the Winan Chapel and other Winans-era buildings in Leakin Park, including the Orianda mansion house and stables, were placed on the Baltimore City Historic Landmarks List in 1982.
The focus of this project is preservation of the exterior of the building. Constructive re-use or possible retrofitting of the interior of the structure into a public or community meeting space would be a separate project effort.
Baltimore Herb festival is
seeking funding for the urgent
capital needs of the exterior of the Winans Chapel. Although the
foundation and structural frame of the building are in good condition,
major character-defining features of the chapel, such as the exterior
trim, bargeboard scroll work and the board-and-batten siding are
showing serious signs of deterioration. In 2009 the Baltimore Herb
Festival organization funded a $30,000 replacement of the chapel roof
with asphalt shingles as a first step in preserving the
building. The goal now is to raise the necessary
preserve the exterior of the historic Winans Chapel for future
Baltimore Sun: Leakin Park chapel preservation effort recalls the philanthropy of its owner