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Old December 23rd, 2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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BALTIMORE | Mechanic Towers | 107m | 350ft | 32 fl | 22 fl | Prep

The mid-century Brutalist Mechanic Theatre in the heart of Baltimore is being demolished for commercial redevelopment.



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Mechanic Theatre's latest development plan shows fewer apartments

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David S. Brown Enterprises Ltd. has reduced the overall number of apartment units — while keeping density intact — for its proposed redevelopment of the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre site in downtown Baltimore.

Architects for the $150 million project presented the plans to the city's Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel on Thursday. The panel approved some schematic concepts, but said the development team needs to provide more specifics relating to the facade, landscaping and retail plans before it will grant total schematic approval.

David S. Brown, an Owings Mills development firm, has proposed building a 32-story residential tower off Baltimore Street and another 22-story tower off Charles Street in order to bring 476 apartment units to downtown Baltimore.

That is about 130 apartments fewer than the original proposal Howard S. Brown, chairman of David S. Brown, unveiled last year.

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hot off the press!!!!! new david s.brown renderings for the Mechanic Theatre....










The Morris A. Mechanic Theatre has been described as "one of the ugliest buildings in the world".

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Old December 23rd, 2013, 06:32 PM   #2
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Somehow, the idea of a Brutalist theatre is wildly incoherent in my head. It's a hideous building, but I kinda hate to see it go.
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 08:16 PM   #3
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I don't think that the old development is that ugly, but its replacement is definitely better.
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How can the city let this happen, shame on them.
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Old January 19th, 2014, 06:22 PM   #5
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Old January 20th, 2014, 05:33 AM   #6
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Oh no! They cant tear that down. Brutalist architecture is so rare in the U.S. and Baltimore has some of the most diverse architecture in the U.S. Please Baltimore dont let this happen
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Old January 20th, 2014, 05:52 AM   #7
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Pity. It just needed a renovation, that's all.
These days, brutalism as well as other forms of mid-century modernism are becoming more appreciated as they approach 50 years old or more. Hopefully in a few years more effort will be taken to preserve such buildings, because they won't be here again.

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Old July 1st, 2014, 06:56 AM   #8
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finally!! Knock it down!!!!

Demolition to start on crumbling Mechanic Theatre by fall
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Monday, June 30, 2014, 8:10am EDT


David S. Brown Enterprises Ltd. is about three months away from demolishing the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, the first major step in the hotly anticipated apartment tower project planned for the corner of Baltimore and Charles streets.

David S. Brown obtained a demolition permit in March, and company chairman Howard Brown said in an interview that plans are being developed to perform a huge excavation project after the theater is torn down.

“The demolition will probably take about three months and then from there we’ll excavate down a couple of floors and then start to bring the building up in phases,” Brown said. “You’ll start seeing it come out of the ground about six or seven months” after the demolition.

Brown plans to rebuild the oddly configured Mechanic garage into a highly functioning underground structure. The excavation and parking garage plans are complex because it will be worked around the subway line that runs beneath. The design ensures the 32-story, 476-unit apartment tower’s massive weight will not place pressure on the subway tunnel.

One of the reasons the project has generated so much excitement among advocates for downtown is that it will clean up what’s seen as one of the mostly highly visible corners in the city and provide more activity on Hopkins Plaza. It also contains enough retail space for a big-box store in an area that has struggled to find large blocks of space for big retailers.

Brown said he’s still in talks with retailers, but signing a lease for the space isn’t key to moving the project forward.

“I may have to build it without a tenant,” Brown said. “Either you’re going to build it and they will come or you’ll have to wait around for years.”

Brown’s company first acquired the site with Arrow Parking in 2005 for $6 million, and the project went through several proposals when it wasn’t clear the 1960s-era theater could be torn down. Architects consider the Brutalist structure a landmark, but it was cleared for demolition after a six-month hold placed on the property by the Commission on Historic and Architectural Preservation expired last year.

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The show must go on......."It's curtains for you".
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despite the recent news about One Light Street, it looks like David S. Brown is still movin' forward with this. Good stuff!! Glad to see he didn't get discouraged....


Baltimore issues demolition permit for the Mechanic Theatre
Kevin Litten
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 12:15pm EDT


David S. Brown Enterprises Ltd. has obtained a demolition permit to take down the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, the first sign since March 2013 that the company’s 32-story residential project is moving forward.

The building might remain standing for a few more months, though. David S. Brown Chairman Howard Brown declined an interview request, but a spokesman for Brown said the developer is more focused on finalizing details for the overall project than starting demolition right away.

Brown had fended off attempts to preserve the Mechanic, which is considered an iconic but unpopular example of Brutalist architecture. The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation in September 2012 established a six-month waiting period to demolish the building, which has long since expired.

Related: 23 stunning photos of the gutted, decaying Mechanic Theatre


The Mechanic redevelopment could become part of a flurry of massive construction projects around Hopkins Plaza, where the former theater sits. At 10 Light St., Metropolitan Partnership Ltd. is about a year away from completing the 430-unit apartment conversion of the historic skyscraper, and the 22-story former PNC Bank tower at 2 Hopkins Plaza appears ripe for another apartment conversion.

Brown appears to be on the back end of Hopkins Plaza redevelopment, said Owen Rouse, the director of capital markets for Manekin LLC.

“I don’t think he can be out of the ground before” 10 Light St. begins leasing, Rouse said. “The other concern I’d have is whether the old PNC building is converted to apartments. I think that would make a pretty decent conversion, and it’s right there on the plaza, which is on the central corridor, has mass transit and has good infrastructure.”

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Inc. projects Brown’s project will not be completed until at least 2016.
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Bye bye ugly building!


Demolition of Morris Mechanic Theatre by Bill A, on Flickr


Demolition of the Morris Mechanic Theatre by Bill A, on Flickr
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Holy $#!tis baltimore going to go through another building boom?
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here's the Mechanic Theatre demolition (as of this mornin'). I saw 3 vehicles enter the garage, so it's still open....

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12/07


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What have they done??
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3/24 all gone.


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