Frederick, Maryland, is a city of deep historical relevance.

The streets in Downtown Frederick are lined with Civil War-era buildings, the skyline is adorned with the clustered spires of historic churches, and the area is dotted with unique museums that tell the story of Frederick’s past. With that in mind, historic preservation concerns have been a major driver in shaping the architectural aspects of the hotel, with the adoption of objectives to:

  • Retain the maximum amount of historic fabric that is feasible, making every reasonable effort to incorporate contributing historic properties
  • Develop a building design that celebrates the historic nature of Downtown Frederick, through a rich contemporary palette of brick, cast stone, decorative metal panels, and glass
  • Enhance the character defining features of the Historic District through the proposed scale and massing of the hotel, as well as the integrity of the streetscape

Because of physical constraints, coupled with programmatic and fiscal challenges, the project requires the selective deconstruction and removal of the former Birely Tannery Building. Based on the HPC guidelines regarding demolition, the team believes that the retention of the Birely Building would be a deterrent to the construction of a major community improvement program and would not be in the best interest of the majority of citizens. The design team does not take lightly the building’s removal, and will implement mitigation strategies developed in collaboration with the City of Frederick Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), and the community. The Downtown Hotel at Carroll Creek will help educate and excite thousands of citizens and visitors alike each year about our rich heritage, including the tanning industry and its workforce.


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