The Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory (also known as the
Druid Hill Park Conservatory) in Baltimore City.
Easements are legally binding contractual agreements that are recorded along with the deed in
the land records. While the owner maintains full ownership of the property, he or she
has assigned specific development rights to the easement holding organization, in this instance,
the Maryland Historical Trust. These may include restrictions on new construction,
alterations and excavation. Easements also require that properties be maintained to
set standards and allow for periodic inspections by MHT staff to ensure compliance with the easement.
What needs to be reviewed?
MHT easements typically prohibit the owner from demolishing or making alterations to
the property without prior written approval from the Director of the Maryland Historical
Trust. The majority of the easements require approval for all construction, including
reconstruction, improvement, enlargement, painting and decorating, alteration,
demolition, maintenance or repair of any structure or works. If you are unsure
as to whether or not your project requires approval, please feel free
to contact Easement staff.
MHT follows a standard review process when considering proposed changes or alterations to
easement properties; this process requires the electronic (e-mail) submission of a
Change or Alteration Application form.
What guidelines do I need to follow?
In determining what changes are appropriate for each easement property, the MHT consults
the Secretary of the Interior's
for the Treatment of Historic Properties (36 CFR Part 68), published by the National Park
Service. The Standards are intended to preserve those elements that contribute to
a buildings historic character and require that new additions or alterations be compatible
with the historic structure. They serve as guidelines for proper preservation practice.
Do you have more specific design guidelines that I can use for my project?
MHT holds easements on a wide variety of properties in all parts of the State, making it
nearly impossible for the MHT to develop design guidelines that would be relevant to all
of our easement properties. Also, the terms of each easement are different, meaning that
the specific requirements for alterations to easement properties vary property by
property. The Secretary of the Interior's Standards are intended to be flexible and
apply to a wide variety of building types and accommodate different project goals. For
this reason, the MHT considers each project individually. With advance notice, it is
possible to meet with a representative from the MHT to discuss the project and
receive recommendations. Owners may also submit conceptual plans for review and conceptual approval
at various stages of their project.
Do you need to coordinate MHT review with other entities or organizations?
Changes or alterations to easement properties funded by the MHT or other organizations will
most likely require a separate approval process. The MHT recommends that proposed
projects are presented for review to the easement committee prior to obtaining approval
by other departments or organizations, including local historic preservation/district
Please contact the easement program by email at
email@example.com to coordinate a review.