Photo courtesy Karl Connolly

When: Friday, June 12 / 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Cost: Free
Organizer: Baltimore Architecture Foundation

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Transforming the Noxzema Factory into the Fox Building (Jessica Damseaux)

This program is hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and a Zoom link. If you do not receive a link, please contact If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Join architect Jessica Damseaux to learn about how Alexander Design Studio adapted the historic Noxzema factory into a vibrant mixed-use community of apartments and artist workspaces.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support the BAF and Baltimore Heritage. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this.

The Fox Building is an adaptive reuse of a 20th century Noxzema factory located in Hampden just blocks from the Avenue on 36th Street. Noxzema got its start in Maryland and became famous for its skin cream in little blue glass jars.

The building has been transformed into a vibrant mixed-use community of apartments and artist workspaces. Many of the building’s original features have been retained and restored including the original maple wood flooring, glass block windows, soaring 15’ factory ceilings, and massive mushroom shaped concrete columns. The renovation was designed to meet the requirements of both National and State Historic tax credits.

The result is a decidedly modern mixed use building that celebrates its industrial origins. It includes 96 loft style and studio apartments with original concrete floors and modern kitchens, studio artist space and gallery, and common areas including a theater, gym, and pool.

Learn about its transformation from the architect.

About the Presenter

Jessica Damseaux, AIA, is a Principal at Alexander Design Studio and was Project Manager/Architect for the Fox Building. Jessica’s background includes multiuse, multifamily, commercial, and institutional projects of varying scales. She has managed complex projects, coordinating consultants throughout design and construction, as well as led projects through LEED certification. She has served on the Lecture Series Committee for AIA Baltimore as well as the chapter’s Board of Directors.

About the Baltimore Architecture Foundation

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) celebrates design and the built environment. Launched in 1987, BAF encourages people to explore Baltimore architecture: to be mindful of the area’s history, and recognize Baltimore’s architectural heritage, and appreciate its design innovations.

Through its tours, lectures, educational programs for adults and kids, exhibitions, research, and publications, the BAF demonstrates how ideas are manifested in the built environment and urban design of the city.

About Baltimore Heritage

Founded in 1960, Baltimore Heritage, Inc. is Baltimore’s nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization. With a small staff, 33 volunteer board members, and a host of volunteers, we work to preserve and promote Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.