In Memory of
Karen Elizabeth Lewand, Hon. AIA
Mass of the Resurrection:
Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 10:00 AM
The Church of Saints Philip & James
2801 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21216
Inurnment immediately following the mass
Saint Mary's Cemetery
233 Homeland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210
Reception iImmediately following inurnment
Knights of Columbus Hall
201 Homeland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21212
(adjacent to cemetery)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Baltimore Heritage, Inc.
11½ West Chase Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Karen Lewand, Hon. AIA, retired Executive Director of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute for Architects (AIABaltimore) died of cancer on December 20, 2012. She was 67 years old.
Born Karen Elizabeth Schultz in Detroit, Michigan, Ms. Lewand received a B.S. degree from the University of Dayton in 1967, and an M.A.S. degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1988.
Prior to settling in Baltimore in 1977, Ms. Lewand taught for three years in the school system of Louisa County, Virginia during its transition to compliance with federally mandated desegregation. After serving nearly 10 years in the Office of Financial Development at Johns Hopkins, Karen dedicated the rest of her professional and volunteer life to her two loves, the history and the architecture of the city of Baltimore.
Following coursework in preservation at Goucher College, Karen became a leading member of Baltimore Heritage, Inc., serving 27 years on its Board of Directors. Besides holding almost every Baltimore Heritage office, Karen founded the Education Committee, which developed the walking tours of historic neighborhoods that have been a feature of Preservation Month for decades. Karen chaired the organization’s fiftieth anniversary celebration in June 2010. In recognition of her leadership in the area of historic preservation in Baltimore, Baltimore Heritage awarded Ms. Lewand its Douglas Gordon Award for lifetime achievement in 2012.
A long-time resident of the Radnor-Winston neighborhood, Karen took a leading role in the advocacy for preservation and adaptive reuse of the Victorian Gallagher Mansion, which had fallen into ruin under its previous owners. The Gallagher Mansion Apartments won a Preservation Project award from the Maryland Historical Trust in 1997.
At the city level, Karen served a term on the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. She played a key role in preventing the demolition of the Hinson Westcott Dunning factory and offices at Charles and Chase Streets (since renovated and re-used). She also succeeded in persuading CHAP to prevent construction of a massive wall connecting the Walters Art Museum’s main building to the Hackerman House. This two-story structure would have overshadowed S. Washington Place, part of Mount Vernon Square. The then-director of the Walters, Bob Bergman, later thanked her and CHAP for generating a better design for the connector.
In 1981, Karen developed a course for schoolchildren teaching local history through architecture. The following year CHAP received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to take the course, entitled “Neighborhood Discovery,” to 23 Baltimore City public schools.
Karen subsequently worked at the Planning Department researching and writing neighborhood histories. Some of these appeared in her book, North Baltimore: From Estate to Development, published jointly by the University of Baltimore and the Baltimore City Department of Planning in 1989.
At the state level, Karen served for nearly two decades as a member of the Maryland Historical Trust. She was also one of the first organizers of a coalition of preservationists, developers, and conservationists who in 2000 founded the statewide “smart growth” advocacy group, 1000 Friends of Maryland. In 2006 she was presented the Lucien E.D. Gaudreau Award recognizing her “outstanding contribution to the built environment in the Maryland region.” On February 5, 2013 she was to receive the first ever Maryland Sustainable Growth Award for Leadership and Service.
Since 1992, Karen served as executive director of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, which under her leadership has been ever more committed to preservation. In 2001, Ms. Lewand was awarded the American Institute for Architects’ Richard Upjohn Fellowship for her contributions to the profession of architecture. Seven years ago, in collaboration with several members of AIABaltimore, she launched the annual Architecture Week in October, which has brought a number of prominent preservation advocates to speak. As a tribute to Ms. Lewand’s leadership, the chapter dedicated and named the chapter house located at 11½ West Chase Street in her honor.
Ms. Lewand is survived by her beloved husband of 45 years, Robert Lewand, as well as two daughters, Elizabeth Lewand of Brooklyn, New York and Stephanie Lewand of Baltimore. Other survivors include her brother David Schultz of Chelsea, Michigan, as well as one nephew and three nieces, son-in-law Chris Gray and sister-in-law Becky Schultz.
It was the desire of Ms. Lewand that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to Baltimore Heritage, Inc., 11½ West Chase, Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. You may designate your gift to the Karen Lewand Education Fund.
An article honoring Karen Lewand appeared in the Baltimore Sun on December 29, 2012.