Baltimore Ex-tin can factory receives prestigious award

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Baltimore Ex-tin can factory receives prestigious award
Miller’s Court today

For years it was known as the “Census Building” because U. S. census takers would set up operations inside for their once-a-decade population count and then move out, leaving it dormant again. Before that, it was a tin can manufacturing factory.

Now the four-story building at 2601 N. Howard Street, on the edge of Remington and Charles Village, is one of the most celebrated residential developments in Baltimore. When President Barack Obama visited the building back in January (he stopped in at Charmington’s), it already had won more than a dozen local and national awards.

Earlier this month, it received one of the nation’s highest awards for urban development and placemaking.

Miller’s Court, a $21.1 million, privately developed “live/work” environment for teachers and education-focused nonprofits, won the top prize in the 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence program. The award is a Gold Medal and $50,000.

The awards program was created in 1987 “to promote innovative thinking about the built environment and advance the conversation about making cities better.” according to its sponsor, the Bruner Foundation. []