The Lion Brothers Building & Discover Baltimore!

Lion Brothers Building


Get off campus (and earn credits!) this summer as you immerse yourself in Baltimore’s unique history, art, politics, and culture.


Lion Brothers Building

The historic Lion Brothers Building is the home for UMBC’s new downtown classroom near the University of Maryand’s campus. Built in 1886, the 131 year-old factory building is one of Hollins Market’s oldest residents. After the Lion Brothers Company relocated to Owings Mills in 1954, the factory was briefly occupied by another clothing manufacturer and Globe Screen Printing until it became vacant in 2002.

Fifteen years (and one renovation) later the 38,000 square foot factory is ready to be occupied again. Part of the factory’s new space will serve as UMBC’s city classroom for Discover Baltimore this summer:

One of three Special Programs at UMBC, Discover Baltimore transforms the city into a living classroom in which students can learn and engage. Discover Baltimore features specific courses designed to deepen students’ knowledge about our “neighbor to the north,” while fulfilling a GEP (or two).

The Neighborhood & Special Events

Make sure to take some time outside of class to explore the vibrant neighborhood of Hollins Market! Just a short walk from the Lion Brothers Building lies a mix of neighborhood attractions, both old and new. Students looking to satisfy their hunger can visit the neighborhood’s namesake market and grab aslice of pizza at Zella’s. Experience a new form of after class entertainment by catching a puppet show at the Black Cherry Puppet Theater. Or take a leisurely pre-class stroll to admire the neighborhood artwork. Hollins Market has plenty of things for students to do and see!

There are also several events for Students enrolled in the Discover Baltimore program to attend throughout the summer. These special events exhibit all of the fun, culture, and learning that Baltimore has to offer!

  • Get to Know West Baltimore, Thursday, June 15

Join Summer Session faculty members Eli Pousson and Kate Drabinski for a walking tour of West Baltimore and get to know UMBC’s newest neighborhood. What makes West Baltimore “West Baltimore,” and whose voices shaped and continue to shape its past, present, and future?

The tour will leave from the Lion Building at 5:30pm and return by 7:00pm.

  • Baltimore Food Market Tour, Monday, June 26

Baltimore boasts one of the oldest public markets in the country—Lexington Market, open since 1782—and a variety of markets, both public and private, all over the city. Join Kate Drabinski for an introduction to Baltimore’s food markets. This tour will start from the Lion Building and visit Hollins Market and then pop over to Lexington Market before heading up to Mount Vernon to visit one of the city’s newest private market.

The tour will leave from the Lion Building at 1pm and return by 4:00pm.

  • Behind the Scenes at Camden Yards, Friday July 14

Camden Yards is best known to today’s Baltimoreans as the home of the Baltimore Orioles, but it has a colorful history that long predates our home team. Before hitting the game join Kate Drabinski for a tour of Camden Yards and the surrounding neighborhoods.

We will meet on the campus shuttle at 5:00pm, or at Pratt & Penn at 5:30 and will be at the gates and ready for the first pitch against the Chicago Cubs at 7:05pm.

Getting To & From the Lion Brothers Building

Commuting to the city can be a hassle, but don’t fret! We’ve got you covered.

The Lion Brothers Building is conveniently located two blocks from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, where students have easy access to I-295, I-95, and I-83. Students commuting from campus can take UMBC’s Downtown Shuttle, or local MTA 35 bus lines. There is both free and metered street parking located around the building.


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