Baltimore Design School
1500 Barclay Street


United States
Coordinates39°18′25.99″N 76°36′39.82″W / 39.3072194°N 76.6110611°W / 39.3072194; -76.6110611Coordinates: 39°18′25.99″N 76°36′39.82″W / 39.3072194°N 76.6110611°W / 39.3072194; -76.6110611
School typeCharter
School districtBaltimore City Public Schools
School number382
PrincipalZaharah Valentine[1]
Enrollment516[1] (2018)
Area115,000 sq ft[2]
Campus typeUrban
WebsiteCity Schools site

Baltimore Design School is a public charter middle/high school located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The school occupies the former Lebow Brothers Clothing Factory in the Greenmount West neighborhood, part of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. The school was modeled on, and intended to complement, the Baltimore School for the Arts, which focuses on the performing arts.[3] By contrast, Baltimore Design School's stated aim is to provide its students with "a solid foundation of design and studio skills followed by intensive academics and design study", by completion of four years of study in one of three tracks in architecture-construction design and management, graphic design-interactive media production, or fashion design, followed by three years of CTE training.[1]


The industrial building that would eventually become the Baltimore Design School was built between 1915 and 1916 as part of the Crown Cork & Seal Co. From there, it passed into the hands of the Lebow Brothers Clothing factory, which occupied the site until 1985, when the building was closed during a labor dispute. After that, the building sat vacant for nearly 30 years. Portions of the abandoned factory were used for scenes in the fourth season of The Wire. The redevelopment was a product of a public-private partnership between Seawall Development Co., Baltimore City Public Schools and the school organization.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Baltimore Design School". Baltimore City Public Schools. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Our History". Baltimore Design School. Baltimore. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Green, Erica (April 15, 2011). "City uses creative funding for new Design School building". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Kelly, Jacques (2012-03-30). "Lebow Bros. building transforming into Design School". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore. Retrieved 2019-02-20.