From 1987 to 2000, the Brexton stood vacant and neglected. Several attempts to develop the Brexton failed, including plans for a multi-story dance club, a bed and breakfast, and transitional housing of various types. Sadly, during this time, the Brexton housed only pigeons and debris from previous "unofficial" tenants.
In 1997, Roger Wood adopted the cause of the Brexton, and founded Brexton Renaissance. Chartered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and registered Maryland charitable organization, Brexton Renaissance serves as the focal point for all things related to the Brexton.
The Brexton is located in the heart of a thriving cultural community. The front door is within walking distance of the Walters Art Gallery, the Contemporary, the Lyric Opera House (home of the Baltimore Opera Company), the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Center Stage, the Theatre Project, the Maryland Historical Society, the Baltimore School of the Arts, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the University of Baltimore, the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, the Maryland state office complex and just across the street from the Waxter Senior Center.