When Ray Chism, 74, bought the Relay Hotel in 1972 with his wife, Diana, he wanted to learn more about the history of the building, where he has lived with his family for more than 30 years.
The couple began sorting through archives and talking to older residents in the community.
"For a small area, there is so much history here," Chism said of the designated historic district, which is bordered by Viaduct Avenue to the west and Maple Avenue to the south. It is one of 17 Baltimore County Historic Districts and received the designation Nov. 4, 1996.
Chism will share some of what he has learned over the years during a presentation at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug....