Greyhound won the race to preserve bus terminal

February 26, 1999|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC

Hannah, a "retired" greyhound who helped save Baltimore's Greyhound bus terminal on Howard Street, died suddenly on Tuesday. She was 13 1/2.

After a year of racing under the name "Stakerunner," Hannah began a second career as a preservation advocate in 1987, when she was adopted by two local preservationists who were waging a campaign to save the 1941 bus terminal from the wrecking ball.

Her owners, Fred Shoken and Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, began bringing her to the building with them to call attention to the need for preserving it.

City officials eventually found a developer to convert the building to offices for the Metropolitan Planning Council and other agencies, retaining its distinctive Art Moderne lines.

The converted building reopened in July 1991, with Hannah in attendance and wearing a Greyhound-blue ribbon. The next day, her photo appeared on the front page of The Sun, with the Greyhound station in the background. "She was my partner in preservation, my cover girl," Shapiro recalled this week. "People always commented to me what a beautiful dog I have. She was a perfect symbol for Greyhound renewal."

Hannah made another press appearance when Shapiro and Shoken, who are married, waged a campaign to preserve the Greyhound bus garage next to the terminal. It was subsequently converted to gallery space for the Maryland Historical Society.

Burial services for Hannah will be held at 1 p.m. today at Dulaney Pet Haven, 2000 E. Padonia Road in Timonium. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greyhound Pets of America, Maryland Chapter, P.O. Box 42103, Baltimore, Md. 21284. "She was a real dud as a racer," Shapiro said. "I looked up her record. She was much better as a preservationist than she was at racing. Who says all preservationists have to be human?"

Pub Date: 2/26/99

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