Commission Votes To Preserve Site Of 1955 Sit-In

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s preservation commission has voted to add the former Read’s drugstore to a list of city landmarks. 

The building was the site of a 1955 lunch counter sit-in that prompted the chain to serve all patrons, regardless of race. 

The landmark designation takes effect immediately and protects the building from demolition for at least six months. 

Tuesday’s action by the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation goes against the wishes of Mayor
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and city redevelopment officials. The city has selected a group to build a $150 million development in a parcel on Baltimore’s west side that includes Read’s. 

The developers have agreed to save two exterior walls of the building. Because of that, Rawlings-Blake has said she doesn’t believe landmark designation is necessary. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. monroe says:

    destroy history its the american way of life

  2. Clay Welch says:

    This was a beautiful building with an extraordinary interior. There was a 2nd story restaurant with a stainless steel balcony overlooking the store below. I can never understand the rush to destroy these landmark structures.. Another example was the incredible Peabody Bookstore Beerstube, Baltimore’s last known speakeasy. It had secret doors & stairwells, a huge fireplace & wood paneling. After demolition the site was an eyesore parking lot for nearly a decade & finally an ugly office building. Oh, I understand really. It’s about greed & quick profits.

  3. Debbie says:

    Read’s is in the middle of an area that has deteriorated to an eyesore. If they ever want to attract anyone but criminals to the area a project such as Rawlings-Blake has proposed is necessary. Put up a plaque and move on.

  4. Mike says:

    This is a joke. The area is an eyesore and needs to be brought up to date in order to attract people that want to spend money and not blight the neighborhood.

  5. sheriff willie says:

    It’s about time the city showed some respect for it’s historical treasures. I only hope they will save the entire facade insted of a couple of bricks from the toilet room.

  6. sheriff willie says:

    Just remember folks, when they redevelop that downtown area, where will they re-locate all the Brothers & Sistas with their broods of welfare bunnies? Why North to the county of Baltimore, south to A.A., Glen Burnie & Trash-A-Dena. Yeah, that’s what we need, creeping further deterioration of the struggling every day working man & woman with this infestation of the “Black Plague”

  7. Jerry says:

    WHEN THE HELL WILL THE CITY AND STATE WAKE UP AND DO SOMETHING RIGHT FOR THE CITY AND STATE. FIRST THE SCHOOLS NOW THIS, WHY NOT JUST GIVE THE CITY AND STATE TO THE DRUG DEALERS AND OTHER THEAFS WHO HANG AROUND THAT AREA . AND THE OTHER HALF TO THE ILLEAGLES, WELCOME TO THE STATE AND CITY RUN BY OF IDIOTS. THROUGH POSSIBLE MILLIONS AWAY CAUSE OF ONE STUPID BUILDING, TARE IT DOWN AND PUT UP A PLACK. CAUSE NOBODY GAVE A DAMN UNTILL NOW.

  8. JR says:

    If some folks believe the area is that bad, why in the world are you going in that area anyway? You have the County North and South to develop LMAO… Raciest remarks..

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