Arundel History

November 19, 2006

The U.S. Naval Academy wasn't built in a day.

But the first decade of the 20th century was the boom time when the school's grand and important buildings were conceived, designed and built.

Theodore Roosevelt, president from 1901 to 1908, championed a muscular Navy as the 20th century's doors opened. Ninety years ago in November, The Baltimore Sun reported, bids were received for constructing a naval experimental station across the Severn River. The grounds of an old Army property, Fort Madison, was the proposed site. The Noel Construction Co. of Baltimore, experienced in academy projects, was awarded the contract for $157,000.

Today, Naval Station Annapolis is separate from the academy, but supports it by supplying training for midshipmen in seamanship and weapons training.

[Sources: Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher]

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