Thomas F. Mullan Jr., downtown developer

April 12, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Thomas F. Mullan Jr., who developed and built 2 Charles Center in the mid-1960s, died Sunday of cancer at his Homeland residence. He was 80.

In addition to Charles Center, which was credited with sparking Baltimore's downtown renaissance, he developed and built other major apartment house projects, including the Carrollton, 3900 North Charles, 11 Slade, St. Paul at Chase and Park Towers East.

In 1951, he built the Rennert Garage, Baltimore's first off-street parking garage. He also developed and built apartment buildings and commercial structures elsewhere in Maryland.

"I knew his father as well," recalled Henry J. Knott, retired Baltimore businessman, developer and philanthropist.

"They were fine people; of course, they would be, they're Irish. They were very good competitors of ours and were absolutely trustworthy. You could trust them implicitly -- their word was their bond."

Mr. Mullan was semiretired from the Mullan Contracting Co., which was founded by his father, Thomas F. Mullan, in 1904. He and his brother, Charles A. Mullan, took over the business after World War II.

The brothers also established Mullan Enterprises, the contracting company's real estate development affiliate.

Thomas Mullan was reared in Mount Washington and joined the family business after graduating from the McDonogh School in 1933. During World War II, he served in the Army's 164th Engineer Combat Battalion and participated in the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.

He was a founding member in 1950 of Associated Builders and Contractors and was active in many civic and charitable organizations, including the Thomas F. and Clementine L. Mullan Foundation Inc.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Hilda Benisch of Baltimore; two sons, Thomas F. Mullan III of Sparks and J. Patrick Mullan of Phoenix; a daughter, Mary Ellen Mullan of Woodbrook; two brothers, Charles A. Mullan of Delray Beach, Fla., and Joseph Mullan of Guilford; a sister, Louise Flanigan of Guilford; and six grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Johns Hopkins Hospital or the Union Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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