Artists salvage artwork after fire at historic James E. Hooper home

BALTIMORE – A four-story fortress on the corner of St. Paul and East 23rd The street caught fire on Saturday night.

“He survived the great Baltimore fire. This house is a fortress,” said artist Scout Roll.

And when someone spotted flames coming out of the roof of the James E. Hooper home on Saturday night, those inside, including Roll, had no idea they were in danger.

“As we opened the studio door to go check what was going on, the firefighters came with a hose, shouting, ‘Fire! Fire!'” Roll said.

It appears that the fire spread from the attic to the roof of the historic building, but damaged a number of artists’ works below due to the fire, smoke and water used to extinguish the flames.

Nearly a dozen artists’ studios and their contents were damaged, and longtime health journalist Logan Plaster says he lost half of his print archives, he is one of more lucky.

“I was very worried about a few of the artists who have a lot of paintings,” said StartUp Health’s Plaster, “In my mind, I imagined them all being burnt to ashes. Luckily, that didn’t happen. is not produced.

Most artwork can be salvaged with professional cleaning or repair, but it’s the shared space under one roof that’s now seemingly at risk.

“I will have to find a temporary space. I don’t know how long it will take, said Plaster, maybe I’ll come back. I should not.”

“I’m trying to figure out if I should have another studio or what to do,” Plaster added, “but even though I like this building, I think it’s time to move somewhere a little safer to the moment.”

A fundraising event scheduled for Hooper House on October 1 will now be moved to ‘Our Time Kitchen’ and the money raised will be used to support artists affected by the fire.