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Hi-De-No? Planned demolition of Cab Calloway's former Baltimore home stirs conservation critiques

Hi-De-No? Planned demolition of Cab Calloway's former Baltimore home stirs conservation critiques

On first glance, the three-floor home at 2216 Druid Hill Ave. looks much like others on its block: vacant, weathered, boarded up and marked with white Xes on red square signs that confirm it is, indeed, structurally unsound. Patches of blue-green paint have peeled off its facade, revealing the red bricks underneath. Weeds grow on its stoop.

Only a small white sign on a boarded-up first-floor window, spelling out “Cab Calloway” in blue bubble letters, indicates its past life as a home for one of Baltimore’s most famous artists.

Marti Pitrelli takes credit for the sign. Citing a mix of census records and historical accounts like Alyn Shipton’s “Hi-De-Ho: The Life of Cab...

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