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Lovely Lane Arts & Neighborhood Center Information Sheet (Download)

Building Project Newsletter: May 2020

Building Project Newsletter: September 2020

Building Project Newsletter: December 2020

 

Churches are Neighborhood Anchors

Lovely Lane United Methodist Church (UMC) 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 UMC is much more than a place of worship and a work of art. In 2018, 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 UMC 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 Lovely Lane Arts & Neighborhood Center will offer a year-round facility with 21st century capacity. Proposed building upgrades will preserve the building’s historic fabric while modernizing facilities, increasing the church’s capacity to host community groups, performing arts events, and arts and cultural exhibits.

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

In October 2019, the Lilly Endowment awarded Lovely Lane UMC participation in the National Fund for Sacred Places (NFSP) to receive up to $250,000 in capital grant funding to restore and improve the church’s community spaces. Lovely Lane UMC is the first church in Maryland — and part of a network of only 50 houses of worship nationwide since 2016 — to receive this NFSP award. We launched a capital campaign in 2019 to raise the required 2:1 match for the full grant award and additional funding to cover the remaining costs for the $2.6 million project.  Due to the impact of COVID-19 on capital projects, the timeline and project phases have been adjusted for economic considerations.

 

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
  • Install additional public restrooms
  • Restore windows of the Brannan Chapel (exhibition space)
  • Update electrical capacity and safety systems
  • Install air conditioning system and new flat roof in Fellowship Hall (auditorium)
  • 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

Phase 1b  (2022-2023) – $500,000

  • Update electrical capacity and safety systems
  • Install air conditioning system and new flat roof in Fellowship Hall (auditorium)

Phase 2 (2024 – 2026) – $1.4 million

  • 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 history but also enhance the role the church plays in strengthening our community’s future.


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