Matthew Hankins, a Charles Village resident, says he was driving past the Old Boulevard Theatre on Greenmount and 33rd Street on Wednesday when he noticed the marquee on the front of the building had a new sheet of metal. The preservation carpenter and restoration shop supervisor then pondered the possibility of seeing the building transformed back into a movie theatre or something more than what sits there today.
So Hankins, whose deep admiration for historic buildings in the city shows in his Twitter feed, took to the social media platform to ask people to fantasize with him:
“Setting aside all realities of finances and personal responsibility, if you could purchase and renovate/restore one city building, which one would it be and what would you make it into?”
And several Twitter users responded, here’s what some of them had to say:
I would buy the small site front on Franklin next to the Hotel Indigo and transform it into a store with a shop in the back to sell architectural antiques, new period furnishings and built-ins and whatever else strikes my fancy. pic.twitter.com/v6aJVqGSeX
I'd buy Larry Hogan's Baltimore campaign headquarters and build a highrise around it, and put a bar/restaurant on its roof. Keep the billboard and invite people to write mean stuff about him on a monthly basis. pic.twitter.com/aTFxLbSTkw
I'd buy the Hutzler building and turn it into 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, and rent them out for no more than $1000 a month for the largest units. Most would rent for around $700-800 each. Nicely finished, but not over-improved early 2000s trash.
I would buy the Cross Street Market and make it attractive to shoppers and visitors of all incomes to include a work study type of program with nearby Digital Harbor High School that would give kids real business experience and skills that can be applied throughout the city.