Kotarba said the preservation commission wants to designate more landmarks in 2013 — both exteriors and interiors. This fall, City Council members introduced legislation that would add Union Mill in the Jones Falls Valley, the Florence Crittenton Home in Hampden and Frederick Douglass High School on Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Potential candidates for interior designation, Kotarba and Schiszik said, include the banking floor and lobby of 10 Light Street, the Peabody Library in Mount Vernon, the former Masonic Temple on Charles Street, the City Council chambers and Mayor's Ceremonial Room in City Hall, and numerous other church sanctuaries.

Kotarba and Schiszik said recent nominations have come from a wide range of people, including City Council members, community leaders, members of the preservation commission and building owners. They credit the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore with leading the effort to designate historically significant properties in the central business district.

"This is not something that one group of people can particularly schedule," Kotarba said. "It's more about relationships. It's about stewards who care about these buildings and want to preserve and protect them for the future."

ed.gunts@baltsun.com

New Baltimore landmarks

Twelve buildings have received landmark status or have been recommended for landmark listing in 2012. The City Council will take a final vote Dec. 3 on nine pending designations.

Buildings added this year:

Old Dunbar High School, 540 N. Caroline St., now housing a charter school.

Shelley House, 3849 Roland Ave., Baltimore's oldest documented concrete house.

Temporary designation:

Hamilton Library, 3006 Hamilton Ave., a former public library, now dormant.

Buildings awaiting approval:

Abell Building, 320-335 W. Baltimore St., now apartments with commercial space.

Appold-Faust Building, 307-309 W. Baltimore St., loft building with two cast-iron facades, converted to offices and gallery space.

Baltimore Equitable Society Building, 21 N. Eutaw St., home of the Alewife tavern.

Equitable Building, 10-12 N. Calvert St., considered Baltimore's first "skyscraper."

Old Town National Bank Building, 221 N. Gay St., converted to a Holiday Inn Express hotel.

St. Alphonsus Hall, 125 W. Saratoga St., now the Saratoga Lofts apartments.

Terminal Warehouse Building, 320 Guilford Ave., a storage facility proposed for conversion to residences.

Turnbull Building, 311-313 W. Baltimore St., proposed for residential use.

St. Mark's Lutheran Church interior, 1900 St. Paul St., designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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