It’s true. After almost 40 years at their current location, Hilgartner Natural Stone Company, Inc is moving… again.
Hilgartner’s Baltimore City shop (which has been home to my studio since I earned my MFA from MICA’s Rinehart School of Sculpture in 2008) has moved a number of times since their founding in 1863, always due to the expansion of the railroad system. Stone shops prior to the modern era needing to be adjacent to the railways that provided their material and delivered their work. This current move is a bit more about development, property values and a new neighbor (who will remain namesless) that showed up rolling deep in card tables and slot machines . . .
I and all of my considerable baggage will be going with them to our new location, still in beautiful Charm City, at:
That’s between Westport and Carroll Park in South Baltimore, for those of you familiar with the City– the Washington Blvd Exit (#51) off 95, for those of you that aren’t.
While I will miss the frenetic energy of Cross Street in Federal Hill– with it’s Ravens & Orioles fans flooding the area on game day, and it’s charming-drunken-post-collegiate-frat-boy atmosphere that begins on Friday and lingers through Monday morning . . . I and the rest of the Hilgartner team are looking forward to the vastly improved shop, offices, showroom, gallery, and STUDIO that our new home will provide!
Many thanks to those who recently have seen fit to help document my soon-to-be-former studio space through their writers, photographers & videographers: Jenny Carson and the Walters Art Museum, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Baltimore Sun, HOME & DESIGN Magazine, The Baltimore Business Journal, and BmoreArt.
The original part of the “new” shop was a WWII era foundry, so a far bit of renovation has been undertaken and still continues–but don’t worry–we are ready to roll and will be fully operational in no time.
So please excuse the current hiccup in our work schedule. We will all be back to rocking out and making heaps of dust in no time!