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Past Times at Seton High

Alumnae remember the old days as they visit the newly renovated school

May 17, 2006|By STEPHEN KIEHL | STEPHEN KIEHL,SUN REPORTER

Carole Young, Class of 1960, brought her daughter, Kathleen Rybarczyk, Class of 1987, and granddaughter, Ashley Young, 11. She wanted Ashley to see the school, even if she won't be able to go there herself.

"I found my freshman classroom," Carole Young said. "The room looks different, but it was a good feeling to be in there."

Hopkins, in fact, restored some of the classrooms, corridors and other features of the building to more closely resemble what it was like while the school was in operation.

Previous owners had cut the building into offices, so Hopkins gutted almost the entire interior. Artificial ceilings were removed to open up the building.

A large 12-by-40-foot wood porch on the building's north side was demolished because of severe deterioration, but the porch will be reconstructed to its original size and with original features this summer, said Hopkins senior project manager Jennifer Dawson.

"Johns Hopkins has been very respectful of the historic nature of the building," Dawson said. The university was turned down, however, in its bid to receive Maryland historic tax credits and is not attempting to list the school on any historic registers.

But the alumnae will always be welcome. Because of the overwhelming demand for Saturday's open house, another is being scheduled

Hopkins has learned not to underestimate the Seton girls' attachment to the school.

"We wanted to make sure they felt this was a good use of the building," said Ralph Fessler, dean of Hopkins' School of Professional Studies in Business and Education. "We want them to come back often."

stephen.kiehl@baltsun.com

Researcher Elizabeth Lukes contributed to this article.

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