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Baltimore’s Hendler Creamery Project Reaches Design Approval

Baltimore’s first fully automated ice cream factory, the former Hendler Creamery, will soon be changing the landscape of the Jonestown neighborhood near Little Italy. The historic structure will become The Hendler as part of a $45 million redevelopment that will include 296 new apartments, 20,000 sq. ft. of new retail and a two story parking deck.

The existing building and site is huge and takes up an entire block. The addresses are 1100 E. Baltimore Street and 1107 Fayette Street. The ex-Creamery is actually two neighboring building complexes. The primary 59,340 sq. ft., 3 story main building was built as a cable car powerhouse in 1892. The building has Richardson Romanesque architecture styling including massive arched doors, a mezzanine floor and other Romanesque Revival half-round arched openings. It creates a prominent architectural effect. The second building complex is a brick warehouse built in the 1920’s that covers 33,504 sq. ft.  The entire structure became the Hendler Ice Cream Company in 1912.

“Baltimore officials view this site as critical to tying together Johns Hopkins’ medical facilities to core downtown Baltimore in a cohesive manner,” said Gerard DiRuggiero, Principal Broker of UrbanLand Company. “The old Creamery site is 7 blocks from the Hospital, 9 blocks north of Harbor East and 2 blocks east of the Shot Tower – creating a large population center between these important landmarks.”

The Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation has already approved the design. Construction begins in June 2017 with an opening planned for late 2019.


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