With funds raised during HEC’s 2019 Decorator Show House, HEC created the 2020 Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program. HEC has approved three additional projects for funding that improve the appearance of properties on Main Street, Ellicott City. Both of these projects have been completed.
In December 2020, HEC awarded a grant to Attic Antiques N’ Things for the replacement of 5 windows on the rear side of their business located at 8241 Main Street, Ellicott MD. The windows being replaced are estimated to be over 150 years old and are original to the structure. They have been leaking air and water for several years. The HEC grant provided full funding for replacing these windows with high quality wood windows that look nearly identical to the original windows.
HEC also approved a grant to support important improvements to the façade of the vintage 1890’s building located at 8050 Main Street, across from the Phoenix Emporium. This project involved the cleaning of the old paint surface and applying new paint on the front door and windows, and the cleaning and painting of the bricks in the rear of the building. HEC’s grant provided improvements to preserve and beautify this building and bring it back for retail and residential use. Owner Kelly McMillan explained: “The chipping paint was an eyesore to the historic property. Painting the windows and door brought new life to the building…which you can see it clearly needed!!!”
The third grant awarded supported the replacement of the aging and faded awning at the entrance to Main Street Oriental Rugs, located at 8290 Main Street. This building is known as the Star Building and was built in 1847. This new awning will be a welcoming view as visitors and customers approach the building and will provide shelter during rainstorms for visitors and customers. It will also protect the storefront from weather, preserving the look of the historic building.