3 office buildings selected for annual awards


January 23, 1991|By Edward Gunts

Three office buildings have been selected as the 1990 Buildings of the Year by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Metropolitan Baltimore. The awards will be presented during ceremonies Saturday at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

BOMA's award-winning buildings for 1990 are the USF&G Corp. tower at Pratt and Light streets, which was cited in the "Single Tenant/Corporate" category; the B & O Building at 2 N. Charles St., which was cited in the "Downtown Competitive" category; and the PaineWebber Building on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, which was cited in the "Suburban Competitive" category.

The Building of the Year awards have been presented since 1978. In addition to the three buildings, BOMA has honored two other properties in each category. They are:

* The University of Maryland Dental School and the Maryland Casualty Co. building in Roland Park, in the single tenant/corporate category;

* The Rouse Co.'s One Owings Mills Corporate Center and Berkshire Corp.'s Park Plaza in North Park at York and Shawan roads, in the suburban competitive category;

* Equitec Corporation's First Maryland Building at 25 S. Charles St. and the Fidelity and Deposit Co. Building, in the downtown competitive category.


The Signet Bank branch at 26 South St. has been listed for sale for $650,000, according to Casey and Associates, the sales agent.

Signet is selling the 85-year-old bank building because it is opening a larger office less than a block away, inside the former Baltimore Federal Financial banking space at 300 E. Lombard St., according to a Signet spokeswoman.

The South Street building dates from 1906 and has a large banking room plus a basement. It was originally the home of the National Bank of Baltimore and became a branch of the Union Trust Co. in the 1930s. Signet acquired it when it merged with Union Trust in the mid-1980s.


Around the region:

* To help commemorate the 25th anniversary of the National Register of Historic Places, Baltimore Heritage is inviting preservationists from around Maryland to gather at the Senator Theater, 5904 York Road, tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. for a photo session honoring the theater's recent addition to the register. More information is available from Fred Shoken at 366-7724.

* The Cordish Co. of Baltimore, a development group headed by David Cordish, plans to convert the Albert Thomas Convention Center in Houston to a $35 million, 200,000-square-foot urban entertainment complex by mid-1992. With restaurants, nightclubs and an interactive theater, the project is expected to do for Houston what Faneuil Hall Marketplace did for Boston. Columbia Design Collective is the architect.

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