MHT Providing $19 Million In Tax Credits To 16 Maryland Historic Buildings, Including Two In Owings Mills.


Plinlimmon Farmhouse in Owings Mills ca. 1982 - Credit: Kate Simkins

OWINGS MILLS - Governor Larry Hogan has announced that more than $19 million in revitalization tax credits will be given to 16 projects across the state to preserve historic buildings, including two in Owings Mills.

"The Historic Revitalization Tax Credit awards will breathe new life into our communities and towns," Hogan said. "These awards will allow for refurbishments to revitalize sites in local communities across the state and serve as an effective investment tool for strengthening Maryland's local economies and redevelopment across Maryland."

Historic Revitalization Tax Credits are administered by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), a state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland's past. MHT has invested over $465 million in rehabilitation projects since 1996 and has helped revitalize 5,331 homes and 825 commercial properties with historical value.

"It is an honor to be part of these awards that serve historic revitalization and play an integral part in advancing economic development," said Planning Secretary Rob McCord. "The preservation of these historic sites enhances our state's history and encourages projects that support the enjoyment of our state's history, culture, and scenic beauty."

Twenty-four applicants had sought $39.3 million in tax credits for construction projects totaling more than $210 million in estimated costs. The 16 projects selected for the 2023 tax credits were based on established criteria, including those outlined by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior for historic building rehabilitations.

Among the 16 award winners are two Owings Mills historic sites: Groff's Mill on Reisterstown road and Plinlimmon Farm on Lyons Mill Road.

Groff's Mill is a three-story brick millhouse constructed in 1798 at the request of Samuel Owings. In 1848, the mill was purchased by Jacob Groff and Francis Abraham, who renamed the site. The mill has been passed down through generations of the Groff family, who have worked the property for over 150 years.

Plinlimmon is an early 19th-century farmhouse of log construction clad in novelty siding. According to the Maryland Historical Trust, its significance lies in its unique architecture.

"Plinlimmon draws significance from its architecture, as an example of the type of residence constructed in the early 19th century and maintained to the present by prosperous middle-class farmers in rural north-central Maryland," the agency said. "The house's interior retains most of its original decorative detailing, including paneling, door and window trim, and fireplace surrounds. Plinlimmon farm derives additional significance from its continued operation as a farm despite increasing trends to suburbanization of its surroundings."

The complete list of award winners (listed alphabetically by county and Baltimore City) are:

  • The McMullen Building – 138 Baltimore Street, Cumberland, Allegany County
  • Heinz's Riverside Abattoir – 1900 Light Street, Baltimore City
  • The Fidelity Building – 200-210 North Charles Street, Baltimore City
  • The Ford Building – 1420 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore City
  • The Markley Building – 4511 Harford Road, Baltimore City
  • Upton Mansion – 811 West Lanvale Street, Baltimore City
  • Glen Arm Station – 5205 Glen Arm Road, Glen Arm, Baltimore County
  • Groff's Mill – 10601 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, Baltimore County
  • Long Green Farm Barn – 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, Baltimore County
  • Plinlimmon Farm – 9401 Lyons Mill Road, Owings Mills, Baltimore County
  • F. W. Woolworth Company Building – 420-422 Race Street, Cambridge, Dorchester County
  • Prospect Hall – 889 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Frederick County
  • 11 North Main Street – Berlin, Worcester County
  • 15-19 North Main Street – Berlin, Worcester County
  • Pocomoke Firehouse – 5 Fifth Street, Pocomoke, Worcester County
  • Powell Building – 7 North Main Street, Berlin, Worcester County
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