The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad grain elevator was once the largest in the world, but recently the building has sat abandoned, a blight on the Baltimore landscape. Now, the 24-story-tall behemoth has been turned into a landmark that the city can be proud of, featuring condominiums and commercial spaces. Turner Development incorporated the existing grain tower and 13 silos into the modern glass and steel building to serve as a symbol of Baltimore's strong past and exciting future.
Back in 1923, the grain elevator, which was owned by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, was the largest and fastest in the entire world. The massive 24-story, 300 foot tall building was built at the southernmost point in Baltimore to maximize access, so that it could be used to ship grain all over the world.
Turner Development turned the aging landmark into a modern mixed-use space. “The new buildings are composed of glass curtain wall in conjunction with metal corrugated siding. In its design, Silo Point exists as both a reminder of the economy and culture that first transformed Baltimore into a major city, and a foreshadowing of the city’s emerging 21st century economy, culture, and population,” according to Turner Development.
The history of the building was an important part of the project and was carefully incorporated into the modern spaces. Every one of the thirteen silos was originally assigned a “bin” number, and now the residential units are all identified by their unique bin number as well. Materials were chosen that reflect the industrial nature of the building, incorporating glass, concrete and steel. When one enters the lobby, the industrial influence is immediately evident in the form of massive concrete columns that have stood in place since 1923. The 25-foot ceilings in the lobby are the product of the high ceilings required to accommodate railroad cars.
Outside, landscaping was crafted to honor the agricultural past, with rows of crops and plants creating a modern rural oasis in the middle of the city.
“The conversion of Silo Point from an abandoned grain elevator into contemporary, urban condominiums and mixed-use development by Turner Development Group was inspired by one core idea: the best vision for a city’s future cannot ignore its past. Silo Point now boasts almost one million square feet, including 228 luxury condominiums and 20,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, spa and salon, and office space.”