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Hospital now student housing

ARCHITECTURE

Meyerhoff House creates options for MICA students

August 19, 2002|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC

The Lafayette Street property was converted to a nursing home and run by a succession of operators until the early 1990s, when it was closed and put up for sale. In 1992, it was acquired at auction for $825,000 by a company that had foreclosed on the property. The previous owner was a partnership controlled by Baltimore businessman David Hurwitz.

The college acquired it for $1 million at the end of in 2000, after the city initiated legal proceedings against the previous owner for failing to redevelop it as promised.

"It's a big plus for the neighborhood, particularly because the college has done such a great job in the past working ... on successful projects like the Commons," said Stan Smith, past president of the Mount Royal Improvement Association.

Robert and Jane Meyerhoff have taken a lead role in many projects involving the college's campus along Mount Royal Avenue.

Jane Meyerhoff co-chaired efforts to raise funds for renovation of the historic Mount Royal Station, a B&O Railroad passenger terminal that was under threat of demolition when it was transformed into studio, instructional and gallery space for the college in the mid-1960s.

Robert Meyerhoff was co-chair of the early-1980s campaign that focused on renovation of the former Cannon Shoe Factory into the Fox Building. The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Gallery in that building was dedicated in 1981. The Meyerhoffs have also supported the college through the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Special Programs Endowment.

Several other Maryland Institute trustees and a Maryland corporation made additional gifts that provide named spaces within the Meyerhoff House.

The Richard and Sheila Riggs Reception Area is named for longtime trustee Sheila Riggs and her husband. An inner landscaped courtyard will be dedicated to the memory of Edwin A. Daniels Jr., who served as a college trustee from 1968 until his death earlier this year. Gifts were made in Daniels' honor by Mr. and Mrs. Matthias J. DeVito and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony W. Deering, along with a gift from The Rouse Company, where Daniels had been vice president.

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