Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the rich history of The Lion Brothers Building will marry its proud past to promise for the future. With a focus on natural light and architectural aesthetics, the open floor plan creates a unique and efficient layout, a signature of Cross Street Partners projects.
The factory windows, exposed brick walls, open concept layout, and historic details make this an inspiring space. The building will be redeveloped to preserve the historic character, but the building systems will be overhauled to create office and studio space fit for today's innovators. Proximal to the University of Maryland BioPark and in the Hollins Market neighborhood, this project provides the opportunity to be part of a world class Innovation District and a creative, quirky, historic neighborhood in Southwest Baltimore.
Established in 1886
Established in 1886
What is now called the Lion Brothers Building was built in 1886 as a livery stable. It became associated with one of Baltimore's oldest continually operating businesses, the Lion Brothers Company, after they relocated to and expanded the building following the 1904 Baltimore Fire. Established in 1899, the Lion Brothers Company originally manufactured a wide range of products including blouses, skirts, and sailor caps but later specialized to only make embroidered emblems.
Partly due to increasing demand for emblems during WWI, the Lion Brothers Company expanded the building three times in the subsequent years. In 1958, when the Lion Brothers moved out, they were the largest manufacturer of embroidered emblems in the world, creating products for an impressive list of clients including the United States Military, NASA, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Marcus & Farber and Globe Screen Printing later occupied the building. Globe Screen Printing was spun off from Globe Poster Co., known for its iconic day glow posters advertising some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. The building has been vacant since 2002.
The physical character of the building, with its expansive divided pane windows, high ceilings, wood floors, and open floor plates, make it well suited for a variety of uses. Lion Brothers could be home for makers and product designers. It could be the future address of companies interested in locating near the BioPark, but looking for a different aesthetic and feel. Lion Brothers could provide an outpost for non-profits and social enterprises serving West Baltimore neighborhoods. Cross Street Partners is planning a careful restoration that preserves important historic elements in the building interior and exterior, while modernizing it for today’s users.
A Team of Innovators
A Team of Innovators
Cross Street Partners is a fully integrated real estate company that specializes in urban and adaptive reuse projects with high community impact. With a wide range of capabilities, we provide multi-faceted real estate services, construction services and property management for clients seeking unparalleled insight and real estate innovation.
Stephen manages Cross Street Partners’ construction projects, from business development to completion and space delivery. With more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry, his vast knowledge allows him to take many roles including owners’ representative or construction manager. One of his most notable project was the renovation of the American Brewery.
Theresa is responsible for driving the day-to-day development process for adaptive reuse and historic preservation projects. Theresa received her Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University.
John has worked on real estate projects ranging from master-planned communities, to high-rise urban infill projects, to the gut renovation of small multifamily buildings for affordable housing. He has experience with most types of tax credit programs including green building tax credits, energy tax credits, NMTCs, LIHTCs and state and federal historic tax credits.
Bill is a visionary real estate pioneer who has spent his entire career finding creative ways to re-imagine urban properties. He was the driving force behind community revitalization efforts that bolstered entire neighborhoods. Bill played a key role in sustainable development through his passion, creativity and commitment to rebuilding cities.
We approach real estate from a unique perspective, embracing a holistic view of collaboration
and sustainability that includes all stakeholders, from property owners to tenants, financial partners to community members – to create places cherished by their occupants and visitors and which grow in long-term value.
The CSP team has a combined 225 years of experience in real estate development, retail merchandising strategy, food markets, management and construction, with the proven experience to meet the challenges of demanding real estate or construction projects. We work nationally, but have a particular focus on our beloved hometown, Baltimore City.