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Searching for the Next Show House

HEC has started to look for the next historic home that will serve as our 2019 Show House.  If you have a prospect for us to consider, please review the criteria below and send us an e-mail to let us know. 

  • The property must be located in Howard County
  • Historic significance and age—generally at least 50 years old
  • Exterior appeal that will attract visitors
  • Adequate size to accommodate perhaps 100 visitors per day
  • A floor plan that allows for a comfortable flow for visitors
  • Adequate level parking for approx. 100 cars, preferably on the premises or safe off-street with safe ingress and egress to public roads
  • Basement, barns or other outbuildings to accommodate vendors
  • All utilities must be turned on with at least one working bathroom
  • Homes in need of cosmetic not structural improvement
  • We do not replace kitchens, baths or hardwood floors
  • Homes that are or will be completely empty for the design work
  • A home that will be vacated by owners July through late October
  • The owner will be presented with a “design board” to review for each room

HEC’s Revitalization Grant Program: Now Accepting Applications


HEC has made proceeds from our 2018 Show House available to support projects in the community. HEC has partnered with Preservation Maryland to create and fund the Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program. Last year, the Program provided $50,000 in funding for seven important projects. The updated deadline for grant applications is January 31, 2019.
The program was renewed for another year and will provide direct assistance for the rehabilitation and preservation and promotion of cultural resources within the Ellicott City National Register Historic District and the surrounding area in Howard County. Eligible entities include non-profits, religious institutions, local businesses, and municipal agencies.

Click Here for information on what projects are eligible, a Grant Application, the Grant Guidelines, and information about previously funded programs.