Tour the Historic Lion Brothers Building

Join AIA Baltimore, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Cross Street Partners as the Lion Brothers Building opens to the public for Doors Open Baltimore. Our team leaders will be on hand to detail the rich history of the building and the complexities of making this project come to fruition. 

Currently under construction, the Lion Brothers Building will soon be home to innovative organizations such as Enterprise Homes, Baltimore Community Lending, and UMBC's Intermedia and Digital Arts graduate program.

To register for the Doors Open Baltimore event, click here



Progress Comes to the Lion Brothers Building

Construction on 875 Hollins Avenue has officially begun!

Construction is officially underway at the Lion Brothers Building. The CSP crew began removing debris and started the beginning stages of demolition.

For being vacant for a number of years, the Lion Brothers Building was in relatively good condition when construction began. The main focus areas are taking out dated materials, restoring the many remaining original features, and updating the structure with modern amenities.

We aren’t changing much about the building, just peeling away the layers to reveal its original beauty. May was dedicated to cleaning out the accumulated debris, salvaging historic pieces from the building’s past, and removing the old ceiling to expose the concrete rafters on the second floor.

One of the building's greatest features are its soaring ceilings. At some point, the second floor had a drop ceiling installed (pictured above) that lowered the overhead by a good three feet. Cross Street Partners immediately got to work in tearing those right out. 

At more than 37,000 square feet of usable commercial space, the cleanup was quite the daunting task, but with a lot of sweat and hard work, the construction crew managed to empty out three stories worth of concrete, metal and who knows what else.

It was amazing to watch as the ceiling, connected by metal wires, came down in large sheets. What was left was this amazingly bright and open space filled with possibilities! As construction moves forward, the factory windows will be restored to their former glory and the floors will be repaired. In just a couple months, this historic building will be ready for our tenants to move in and make the space their own! 



Why The Lion Brothers Building?

The Possibilities are Endless...

One of the most rewarding parts of our job is walking through a building imagining what it could be in the near future. The Lion Brothers Building is unique in that it's a completely blank canvas-- it has very few limitations that would limit its potential. The building's future is full of possibilities.

Why Choose the Lion Brothers Building?

  • It's a blank canvas for creative, collaborative, adaptive reuse office space. Be inspired by the building's authentic history, by the nearby quirky culture, or by the emerging innovation district
  • It's a lower-cost space than most in the area. Contact our team for leasing details!
  • You have the chance to support Charm City through a historic preservation project. Create a design that honors the existing materials, but also includes mindful additions.
  • Provide a service to the area! The Lion Brothers Building is the perfect place for a business that wants to provide an amenity to the growing district (think yoga studio, restaurant).
  • Consider your impact as an outpost in SouthWest Baltimore for local, regional or national non-profits, foundations and social enterprises. 

Need more reasons to consider the Lion Brothers Building? We're full of them. Contact our team to tour the building!




Create Your Own History in the Lion Brothers Building

The Lion Brothers Building exists as a cornerstone of possibility in the Hollins Market neighborhood-- the space offers the unrivaled opportunity to connect preserved history and future innovation. Cross Street Partners is proud to be leading this project and we believe the revitalization of this building and its surrounding area is an exciting next chapter in Baltimore’s history. 

Ask Cross Street Partners: Why choose the Lion Brothers Building?

  • It’s a blank canvas. This space provides businesses an opportunity to create a brand and identity. Not sure grey walls, fluorescent lighting and cubicles are best for your brand? Invest in something new and different. Join the project and have an influence on the building’s design and aesthetic from the beginning. 
  • We’re flexible. During the revitalization of this building, we want to work with tenants to make sure that we meet all of their needs. We’re not looking for cookie-cutter contracts; we’ll customize each arrangement to meet the demands of the organization.
  • We get it. Offices and workspaces are changing. We’re at the forefront of the coworking and shared space movements in Baltimore City and we believe in shared resources to maximize efficiency-- why pay for space you don’t use all the time?
  • We love this town. We’re still ‘bullish’ on Baltimore. We love seeing communities of folks doing and building interesting things. The Hollins Market neighborhood is ripe for new retail, food and residential opportunity and its eclectic feel reminds us why we love Baltimore so much. We’re not designing this project to be just another office building with random tenants who pay the rent. This will be a networked place with great energy and activity that contributes to Charm City’s…well, charm. 

The Storied Past of the Lion Brothers Building 

Since original construction in 1885, the Lion Brothers Building has been at the forefront of innovation in a unique and lively part of Baltimore city. The building originally served as a livery stable and meeting hall run by local undertaker and funeral home owner, John Cowan. 

When the Great Baltimore Fire erupted and engulfed their workspace in 1904, the newly established Lion Brothers Company, a downtown embroidered emblem design and manufacturing company chose 875 Hollins Street as their new address. The building’s location was ‘off the beaten path’ in the west side of town which proved beneficial as the city worked to repair damage from the fire. An abundance of working-class local residents populated their factory workforce, and the company identified physical growth potential in the immediate area. 

As time progressed, and need for embroidered emblems increased, the building was modified and expanded to meet demand. In 1920, the Lion Brothers Company announced an expansion that would double their capacity, making them the largest embroidery factory south of New York. Prominent Baltimore architectural firm Smith & May designed the expansion project, and Price Construction Company completed the building in June of that year. Additional expansions of the building occurred in 1935, 1948 and 1983, bringing the building to its current footprint. 

The Lion Brothers Company outgrew the space in 1958 and moved to a larger facility in Owings Mills, leaving the building to house a clothing manufacturer and screen-printing firm between 1961 and 2002. The impressive structure situated just blocks from Hollins Market and the Lithuanian Dance Hall closed its doors after more than a century of creation, production and transformation.

The Lion Brothers Building has an incredible storied past, but in our opinion, what’s to come is even more exciting. Plant yourself and your company in the center of this transformation and enjoy an affordable office or workspace in a bright, unique building surrounded by the city’s top innovation centers (Cambridge Innovation Center opens 2017).  

We’re easy to reach. Give us a call and schedule a tour



The Construction Tour of the Historic Lion Brothers Building

We're opening our doors to the public.

Doors Open Baltimore, Cross Street Partners, and Cho Benn Holback invite you to tour the Lion Brothers Building at 875 Hollins Street this Saturday, October 24 from 1:30-2:30pm. 

The 37,500 square foot historic Lion Brothers building will be repurposed to provide a new home for Baltimore’s growing companies and institutions. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the rich history of The Lion 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. Outside of the exposed brick walls, tenants will enjoy a host of nearby amenities offered by the University of Maryland BioPark.

The tour will be led by Anath Ranon, Cho Benn Holback and Jennifer Webber from the Cross Street Partners team.

RSVP for the event here.