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Building Project Information & Newsletters



Worship Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Details

Lovely Lane Arts & Neighborhood Center Information Sheet (Download)

Building Project Newsletter: June 2021

Building Project Newsletter: March 2021

Building Project Newsletter: May 2020

Building Project Newsletter: September 2020

Building Project Newsletter: December 2020


Churches are Neighborhood Anchors

Lovely Lane United Methodist Church is a monument that defines local Baltimore history as well as the larger history of Methodism in the United States. Known as the Mother Church of American Methodism,  the 1884 building by famed architect Stanford White is a monument that draws hundreds of visitors every  year.

However, Lovely Lane is much more than a place of worship and a work of art. In 2019, the church hosted over 750 participants representing over 40 educational, cultural, recreational, citizen, community volunteer and performing arts groups of all faiths and backgrounds. By providing access to lodging, arts exhibition space, and recreational facilities, Lovely Lane supports programs that foster community and  serve our city’s students and youth. However, limitations of the aging facility increasingly restrict its use.

The Campaign

The creation of the Lovely Lane Arts & Neighborhood Center within the walls of our historic building will offer a year-round facility with 21st century capacity. Proposed building upgrades will preserve the building’s historic fabric while modernizing spaces, and increasing the church’s capacity to host community groups, performing arts events, and arts and cultural exhibits.

The project will transform Lovely Lane’s architecturally complex structure and maximize community use. It will allow Lovely Lane to continue operating sustainably while serving as an anchor in the Old Goucher neighborhood.

The $2.8 million project has already achieved important success. An initial $250,000 grant award in October 2019 from the National Fund for Sacred Places (NFSP)—underwritten by the Lilly Endowment—allowed church leaders to raise funds to meet a 2:1 matching requirement and additional funding from both public and private sources to finance the $1.25 million completion of Phase 1. As of May 2021, we are actively pursuing the $1.5 million goal to undertake the full scope of Phase 2.


The project will be completed in three phases:


Phase 1a (2020 – 2021) – $750,000 (leveraged by capital grant from NFSP)

Construct handicap-accessible, street-level ramp  COMPLETE

Install four additional public restrooms  COMPLETE

Restore windows of the Brannan Chapel (exhibition space) WORK IN PROGRESS


Phase 1b (2021-2022) – $550,000

Update electrical capacity and safety systems WORK IN PROGRESS

Install air conditioning system and new flat roof in Fellowship Hall (auditorium) WORK IN PROGRESS


Phase 2 (2023 – 2025) – $1.5 million FUNDRAISING FOR 2022-2023 START OF WORK

Install air conditioning system inside the Brannan Chapel (exhibition space)

Restore the South Tower entrance and historic staircase

Restore floors and finishes of the Brannan Chapel

Upgrade gymnasium restrooms and locker rooms

Install upgraded building security, A/V equipment, theater lighting, display furnishings


By investing in the revitalization of Lovely Lane UMC’s community spaces, we will not only preserve an invaluable piece of Baltimore’s heritage but also enhance the role the church plays in strengthening our community’s future.