Building as a Verb
THEN Since its start in 1915, 1100 Wicomico has always been a home for invention and reinvention. It was originally built for Jacob Epstein, a Lithuanian immigrant whose growing wholesale business, Baltimore Bargain House, couldn’t be contained by any city structures of the time. Famed local architect Joseph Evans Sperry, also known for the Enoch Pratt Library (Hampden Branch) and Bromo Seltzer Art Tower, dreamt up a place that was less of a static structure and more of a hive, incorporating high-powered elevators, conveyors, interior driveways and railroad tracks to optimize its use. The eight-story building, newly prominent on the Baltimore skyline, quickly became a city unto itself, where 1,600 employees ranging from new immigrants to industry experts moved goods from across the world around the country.
NOW Over 100 years later, the space is reclaiming its identity as the economic hub of Southwest Baltimore. Outfitted with modern amenities and optimized with multiple floors of flex-space, the building is again buzzing with innovation and industry. And, as more than 90% of the structure’s original features are still intact, the BIC is a living monument to industrial collaboration and forward thinking.
Nearly 10 acres of concrete floors and board-formed columns and beams provide the modular environment for just about any use at any scale.
Our southwest city location gaurantees you access to all downtown amenities, plus fast access to 95, 295, BWI and the MARC Train. We’re proud to be part of Pigtown, one of the most culturally and economically diverse communities in Baltimore.
On-Site Building Management
No long-distance relationships here. BIC is operated by a Baltimore-based company that has a vested interest in seeing the building, neighborhood and tenants thrive.
Whether your venture is commercial, cultural, institutional, or entertainment, we can house you here. Plus, we’re designated as a HUBZone, Opportunity Zone, and Enterprise Zone.
Simply put, parking is not a problem, thanks to our 240-space, on-site garage.
Microbrew Tap Room
All work and no play would make anyone dull, and we’re here to spark creativity and reward hard work. Chat with fellow entrepreneurs, celebrate a new milestone, or just decompress over a delicious brew from one of your fellow entrepreneurs.
Flexible floorplans and footprints mean you can customize your space as needed, with room to grow.
A massive loading dock and four freight elevators (one capable of holding a MINI Cooper) help you get the goods you need to get to work.
Access available to the highest-capacity broadband and service in all of Baltimore.
Building a Better Future
Baltimore Innovation Center will create significant, positive change in its neighborhood and city thanks to its size and flexibility. Plans are already underway to bring fitness, wellness, retail and lab spaces to the property, as well as job-training and mentoring programs. This inclusive, hyper-local approach will spur economic growth in the area. Once completed and fully occupied, BIC’s redevelopment will support an additional 550+ jobs and have the net effect of adding a 240,000 sf building to Baltimore.
Learn more about our current offerings by downloading our latest leasing brochure.
A positive future for Baltimore is unfolding at BIC. Our current roster of innovators is already hard at work reshaping their industries and our local economy.
Artists and Fabricators
The Art of the Poncho
Elsa Fitzgerald Studio
Pat Bourque Photography
Baltimore BioWorks, Inc.
Lasarrus Clinic and Research
High-Tech/Industrial Design and Manufacturing
Harbor Designs & Manufacturing, LLC
Cindy J. Cosmetics Labs
Innovation / Social Benefit
Glass Recovery and Sustainability Systems
Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance
Venture for America
Services and Industrial
Allied Health Educators
Cindy J. Cosmetics Labs
Corporate Maintenance Group
CW Flooring Unlimited
Daily Washington Law Reporter
Entry Master Systems
Small Batch Producers
New Secrets Tea
Wico Street Beer Co.
Zest Tea, LLC
Textiles and Clothing
Fashions Unlimited, Inc.
F & F and A. Jacobs and Sons, Inc.
Maurice House of Art
Sew What’s Up Designs
White Paw Run Mitts
In the News
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