Maryland Building at the Maryland Zoo

Project Name: Maryland Building at the Maryland Zoo
Client/Owner: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Use: Office
Type: Historic Preservation
Completion Date: 2010

The Maryland Building was designed by famed Baltimore architect George A. Frederick for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. After the Exposition, the building was dismantled and relocated to The Maryland Zoo. The building had badly deteriorated in recent years but was deemed salvageable. No doubt, its historical significance swayed the assessment as this was a major restoration challenge. It is only one of two state buildings which survived; the other was The Ohio Building. The challenges began with massive exterior and interior lead paint abatement; the removal revealed huge damage in the structure’s woodwork. In addition, AZOLA painstakingly reproduced historically accurate materials, restored original paint colors and detailing.