Brunswick Heritage Museum Selects SM+P Architects from Baltimore, MD

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The Brunswick Potomac Foundation, Inc., owners and operators of the Brunswick Heritage Museum in Brunswick, Maryland, are excited to share important news.

“The Museum is excited to have an engineering firm as prestigious as SM+P to lead us in moving forward with this needed project." - James R. Castle, President, Brunswick Heritage Museum

After the review of several highly qualified architectural firms, the Board of Directors of the Brunswick Potomac Foundation selects SM+P Architects from Baltimore, MD as the Architectural firm for the Museum’s facade restoration project. The principals of SM+P are Schamu, Machowski, and Patterson. In 1982, Walter Schamu & Associates moved into Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood and began a legacy of unique and revered architecture, starting out with a focus on residential work. Through the 1980s, the firm continued to expand and bring in new, exciting work. In 1984 the firm found work in historic preservation, renovation, rehabilitation, and adaptive use. From historic preservations, leading laboratories, private residences and five-star restaurants, SM+P Architects is responsible for some of Baltimore's most notable architecture.

SM+P Architects has helped to restore famous buildings in the Baltimore region, including:

B&O Railroad Museum
This 1884 Baltimore landmark was restored and upgraded in a fast-track $15 million design and construction effort. The work included: shoring and bracing; demolition and debris removal; structural analysis and design; historic paint analysis; and roof element reconstruction, including upper and lower roofs and the lantern.

Bromo Seltzer Tower
After years of neglect, this 1911 Baltimore landmark has been transformed into studio space for artists. SM+P Architects designed building plans which called for a small interior fire stair to meet with City Fire Department and MD Historic Trust approval and to allow the building to be occupied. Work included new lighting, HVAC, elevator and exterior restoration. The $1.2 million restoration met the historic guidelines available for achieving the available tax credits for the investment group of owners.

B&O Oakland Station
Following the design of a master plan and interior alterations developed by SM+P Architects, this historic 1884 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station became a new visitor center for the town of Oakland, MD. The award-winning facility includes a small theater and museum. The meticulous restoration used slate mined from the same quarry that produced the original building. Today, the building is a centerpiece for the ever-increasing tourist destination Garrett County.

For the last several months, the museum has operated a capital campaign to raise funds to make needed improvements to its home, Brunswick Red Men’s Hall, located at 40 West Potomac Street, within the historic district of Brunswick. The City of Brunswick and Sate Senator Michael Hough assisted the Museum in receiving a $100,000 state bond bill to restore the building. As a requirement the Museum needed to raise $25,000 in matching funds. To date, $33,000 has been raised by the generosity of the greater Brunswick Community.

“The Museum is excited to have an engineering firm as prestigious as SM+P to lead us in moving forward with this needed project,” said Museum President James R. Castle.

For more information regarding the Brunswick Heritage Museum contact James R. Castle at president@Brunswickmuseum.org

For more information on SM+P Architects visit their website, http://www.smp-architects.com

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