When: Saturday, June 04 / 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Architecture Sketching in Mount Vernon Place

Join architect and Morgan State University architecture professor, Gabriel Kroiz, AIA, for a beginner sketch class, while learning about the rich architectural history of Mount Vernon Place.

This one-hour class is geared to beginners, and to learning an “elevation”: an easy entry point to architectural drawings. We will focus on 8 West Mount Vernon Place, pointing out the organizing grid and proportions and introducing architectural terms such as balustrade, piano nobile, etc. Please note: this tour will be limited to twelve participants in light of COVID-19 restrictions. Facemasks optional.

8 West Mount Vernon Place (now the Mt Vernon Club) was built around 1842, and is one of the oldest homes on Mount Vernon Place.

Previously known as the Blanchard Randall House and the Tiffany-Fisher House, the home was built by William Tiffany, a wealthy Baltimore commission merchant. The building is a fine example of the Greek Revival architectural style and set a high standard for the new homes being built around the Washington Monument. In 1941, The Mount Vernon Club purchased the building, which has housed the Club since then.

For more info on the history of Mount Vernon Place, see the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy’s website.


Gabriel Kroiz, AIA founder and principle of Kroiz Architecture has over 25 years of experience as an architect, builder, and educator. As an architect, Kroiz’s experience includes award-winning projects in the US and Asia. As a builder, he has focused on small, detail intensive projects which allow for a high level of research and experimentation with materials and their application. In 2008 Kroiz joined the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University as its first Program Director working to achieve the school’s missions of providing access to the design professions for underrepresented minorities and performing research focused on the redevelopment of Baltimore and the surrounding region. Kroiz is also a member of the board of directors of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Baltimore).

Please bring:

A sketchbook of any size (if you have one), and assorted pens and pencils. There may be limited seating available in the park. You may also wish to bring a folding chair, and bottled water.

Don’t forget to stop by the Charles Street Promenade that will be happening all day from 9:00 am to 9:00pm on North Charles street. Find out more information here.