The Motor House is a three-story, 24,800 square foot commercial property located on North Avenue between Howard Street and Maryland Avenue.  

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Rendering from across North Avenue.

Rendering from across North Avenue.


From 2005 until 2012 the building at 120 W. North Avenue, known as the "Load of Fun" had been owned and operated by an artist-entrepreneur who leased performance and studio spaces to individual artists and small arts organizations. 

In the summer of 2012 the owner voluntarily closed the building after a zoning dispute.

BARCO purchased the property in August, 2013 to restore the building as a cultural hub for the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. 

120 W. North Avenue circa 1920.

120 W. North Avenue circa 1920.

Working with an advisory committee of artists, curators, performers, arts educators, and art organization executives, BARCO is developing the property into a facility that will showcase Baltimore’s vibrant and diverse urban arts scene; provide quality facilities for artists, performers, curators, and nonprofit arts organizations; and attract audiences and art patrons from across the city and around the region. 

The first floor is the principal public venue, with a black-box performance space and a public gallery area in the main entrance. The second floor is home to more than 14 artists, and the third floor provides office and collaborative space for arts-related organizations. 

Learn more at motorhousebaltimore.com

New First Floor Lobby

New First Floor Lobby


1st-3rd floor plans, L-R.

1st-3rd floor plans, L-R.