Project Overview

Sagamore Spirit Distillery

Baltimore, MD

The waterfront setting for the Sagamore Spirit Distillery brings the best of Maryland together in one place.  The Distillery creates a front door to the city at this south Baltimore site.

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Site

The site was previously a railroad terminal and springboard for a coal pier. Tidewater Marina sits to the east and the Baltimore Sun plant to the north.  The future Under Armour World Headquarters is immediately southwest.  The 6.2 acre site drops 16 feet from East Cromwell Street to the water.

Design

Part of Sagamore Development’s mixed-use redevelopment plan in Port Covington, the Sagamore Spirit Distillery features three buildings set back from the road, forming a U around a central courtyard.  The buildings include a distillery building, a processing building and a restaurant.  The entire project takes cues from Sagamore Farm bringing elements of the agrarian landscape into the city.  

Paving wraps the lawn, with limestone guiding visitors from the water tower to the distillery, to processing and then to the tasting room.  South of the buildings, a wide lawn opens to the water.  A terrace at the restaurant steps down to meet it and the new water taxi landing.  The buildings are stone as are the site walls.  Grasses sweep around the north edge of the site interspersed with trees and shrubs to filter the Distillery from the road.  Native plants are used throughout.

The project was realized in conjunction with Ayers/Saint/Gross.

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