Jillian Storms takes inventory of the pastOne volunteer...


January 23, 1994|By Wayne Hardin

Jillian Storms takes inventory of the past

One volunteer project to preserve Baltimore history wasn't enough for Jillian Storms, so she solved that problem -- she took on another.

During the week, Ms. Storms, 36, of Tuscany-Canterbury in North Baltimore, is a project manager with Cho, Wilks & Benn, the Baltimore architecture firm. They are connected to such projects as Camden Station and the Central Light Rail Line.

But on the weekends, she becomes volunteer extraordinaire, architectural history division.

Ms. Storms is president of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, a nonprofit organization that recently completed a statewide inventory of pre-1945 architectural records.

And she's vice president of inventory for Friends of Maryland's Olmsted Parks & Landscapes, Inc., another nonprofit group. This one surveys and catalogs 130 Maryland sites designed or planned by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., the pioneer landscape architect of the 1870s, and his sons, John Charles and Frederick Law Jr. Mr. Olmsted Sr. designed New York's Central Park.

Ms. Storms says the Olmsteds left their mark on almost every Baltimore city park. Private commissions include communities like Roland Park, Guilford, Dundalk, Homeland and Gibson Island.

"I'm doing something every weekend with one or both . . . groups," Ms. Storms says.

The St. Louis native came to Baltimore as a teen-ager and graduated from Friends School and Goucher College before going to graduate school in architecture at the University of Oregon. She has been at Cho, Wilks & Benn six years.

"I love the city because it has a real knowable history," she says.

"I spend an enormous amount of volunteer time," she adds. "People say, 'How do you do it?' Partly, I get so motivated by the connections here to the past and to our future."

Dustin Friedman has clutched a tennis racket in his hand almost every day for nearly half his life. And now the 12-year-old, who lives in Owings Mills with his family, is racking up the championships to show for it.

Dustin recently captured first place in his age division at the Port Washington International Junior Tennis Championship in New York, which drew young players from around the globe.

Six months ago, he tied for first place in the Boys 12-under National Zonal Tennis Championship held in Nashville, Tenn. He won the Maryland State Indoor Boys 12 Championship in Silver Spring in 1992; the 1993 Maryland State Outdoors Championship for Boys 14 in Silver Spring; and the 1993 Mid-Atlantic Summer Championship in Virginia.

"I started playing when I was around 4 1/2 or 5," Dustin says. "But I really started enjoying it when I was around 7."

It's a good thing.

Dustin puts in three hours a day practicing with coaches Don Candy (who used to coach Pam Shriver) and Tommy Bender.

Does he feel he's missing out on the pleasures of being a kid?

No, says Dustin. He's happily focused on his long-term objective: "My goal is to play pro tennis."

But the young tennis aficionado manages to make time for other activities. He loves math and science and gets mostly A's at Pikesville Middle School, where he's in the seventh grade. He also enjoys playing basketball and baseball.

5) His friends are impressed with his ac

complishments, but some don't quite understand his devotion to tennis.

"[They] think I spend too much time on it," he says.

But Dustin knows what it takes to rise to the top in professional sports. "It takes a lot of hard work . . . and a lot of time."

Sandra Crockett

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