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Historic Ellicott City, Inc. (HEC) is pleased to announce our 2020 Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program.

HEC has committed funds raised from last year’s Decorator Show House to our mission of preserving and restoring historic properties in Howard County. While our passion for preservation can be seen throughout the County, our primary focus for this grant cycle is the improvement of properties within the Ellicott City Historic District. The Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program will provide direct assistance for the rehabilitation, sustainment, and preservation of properties within the Ellicott City National Historic District boundaries.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the 2020 calendar year.  Click Read More to continue…


Katie Jones of the Baltimore Sun Media group reported: “At the group’s first meeting of the year, the decision was made to not host a show house in 2020 with the promise to bring it back the following year. The group said it would focus, instead, on creating new fundraisers for revenue.”

Click Here to read the complete article: No decorator show house this year, but Historic Ellicott City opens doors to new ideas


Historic Ellicott City, Inc. is pleased to announce that our administrative office has moved to the St. John’s Cemetery Lodge on St. Johns Lane in Ellicott City, Maryland.

If you have ever wondered about the little grey stone house next to the cemetery on St. John’s Lane, click Read More to find out.


Patapsco Heritage Greenway was the recipient of a grant made possible from proceeds from our 2018 Show House for repairs and restoration of the stone facade of their properties on Tonge Row in Old Ellicott City. Work on restoring the building’s wood window frames and sash, adjusting and improving water drainage from the building’s facade and foundation, and removing non-historic and inappropriate doors and shutters has all been completed and the grant funds have been disbursed.

For more information about the project, HEC Grant Program, and our partnership with Preservation Maryland, click Read More.


The Northrops have long supported Historic Ellicott City’s mission, as well as other causes within the community and beyond. Creig is currently a University System of Maryland Foundation board member and has been on the board of directors for the Howard County Hospital Foundation. Carla donates her time to help many local and national organizations and has been on the board of directors for the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.