Living Classrooms Foundation Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum

Cultural, Educational, Historic, Non Profit, Award Winning, Historic

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The Frederick Douglass - Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum is the new flagship campus for Living Classrooms Foundation, a non-profit organization that has spent the past two decades using maritime settings to provide hands-on educational and job training programs for Baltimore’s disadvantaged youth. Drawing on the unique history of the site which sits adjacent to the original location of the first African-American owned shipyard in the country, the facility embraces past, present, and future, combining a variety of active hands-on learning opportunities with a museum of African-American Maritime History. The project includes the historic restoration of the oldest standing industrial warehouse on Baltimore’s waterfront, the construction of a dynamic new adjoining building, a working historic marine railway, large community gathering space, a reconstructed pier, and the continuation of Baltimore’s celebrated Waterfront Promenade. The design features classrooms, a woodshop, a café, meeting spaces, offices, interactive museum exhibitions, and program space for the expansion of the client’s educational and workforce development programs.


Design Team: Steve Ziger; Joe Cellucci; Craig Carbrey; Glenn Shrum; Wayne Norbeck 

Team: STV - Civil Engineer; Hughes Associates, Inc. - Code Consultant; James Posey Associates - Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer; Morabito Consulting Engineers - Structural Engineer; Michael Vergason Landscape Architects - Landscape Architect; Fallows Assoc. - Hardware; D.W. Kozera - Geotechnical Engineer

Owner: Living Classrooms Foundation

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Construction Cost: $9,500,000 with promenade and emergency stabilization

Area: 29,000 sf

Completion: 2006

Program: classrooms, woodshop, cafe, offices, interactive museum-quality exhibition spaces

Photography: Alain Jaramillo


  • 2007 Excellence on the Waterfront Award, Historic Preservation & Adaptive Reuse — The Waterfront Center
  • 2007 Education Design Excellence Award — National AIA Committee on Architecture for Education
  • 2007 Honor Award — AIA Maryland
  • 2007 Historic Preservation Award — Baltimore Heritage
  • 2007 Brick in Architecture Award, Best in Class — Brick Industry Association
  • 2006 Honor Award — AIA Baltimore
  • 2006 Design Award — Masonry Institute of Maryland