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By Edward Gunts | December 30, 1990
We've seen it time and again -- so often, in fact, that it seems there ought to be a formula to explain it:The architectural quality of a new building is inversely proportional to the amount of good intentions behind it.Over the past year, there certainly was no shortage of building projects that were launched with the best of intentions -- yet turned out to have the worst of designs. If one theme could sum up the architectural activity in Baltimore during 1990, it might be the Year They Made a Good Thing Worse.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
A large section of brick facade fell off a National Institutes of Health research facility on the Southeast Baltimore campus of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, reviving concerns about a building that opened two years late because of other problems. The incident, in which no one was injured, also has raised questions about safety in a city with many large buildings - but no laws requiring their exterior walls to be inspected as they age. Experts say such problems are relatively rare, but could become more common as building standards change.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1998
A second growth of tiny new industries turning out goods you'll never see in a suburban mall is sprouting from the stubble of Baltimore's sooty old factories and foundries.A stone building at 330 W. 23rd St., off Howard Street, has become a banging and humming beehive dedicated to the work of artisans. It is a prime example of the creative reuse of buildings in Baltimore's smoke-stained industrial districts, where the rent is cheap and studios are large.The specialized customer list of the inhabitants is often downright amazing.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2011
After nearly five years of construction, the most expensive building project in Baltimore history is heading into the final stretch. The Johns Hopkins Hospital has set April 12, 2012, as the dedication date for its new home — a $1 billion clinical building on Orleans Street between Wolfe Street and Broadway. Under construction since June 2006, the building will provide new in-patient facilities for adults and children and serve as the new main entrance to Hopkins' East Baltimore medical campus.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | August 27, 2009
The Maryland Board of Public Works approved on Wednesday a transfer to the federal government of state-owned land in Northwest Baltimore where U.S. officials plan to build an office building to house some Social Security Administration operations. The new structure, which federal and state officials say is needed by 2012, is planned near the Reisterstown Road Plaza Metro station. It would be one of the largest and most expensive federal office buildings in Baltimore in years. About 1,600 federal workers now at the federal agency's Metro West complex on Greene Street would move there.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | March 7, 2005
One of the largest buildings in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood will soon play a large role in its revitalization. Hampden Hall, a former veterans' meeting hall that looms above the shops at the southeast corner of 36th Street and Roland Avenue, will be converted to 14 loft-style apartments by mid-2006. Baltimore businessmen Joe Preller and Bob Geis bought the building last year and plan to create two-level apartments that they will rent for $750 to $1,100 per month. Both say they already own "high-end" rental apartments in Hampden and believe there is a strong demand for more.
NEWS
By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,Sun Reporter | May 7, 2007
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is expected to announce today that the city is giving $100,000 to the Herring Run Watershed Association for its new environmental center on Belair Road. The center, which is scheduled to open in the fall, will be one of the greenest buildings in Baltimore - complete with composting toilets, a tankless hot water heater and a roof that recycles storm water. The city's grant marks the end of Herring Run's two-year drive to raise the $600,000 needed for the building, which they hope will brighten up Belair Road and be an inspiration for those seeking to improve the neighborhood.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | May 29, 1992
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke plans to appoint a task force to study converting Class B office buildings to residential use, hoping to spur downtown living while using some of Baltimore's empty office space in the face of weak prospects for an economic recovery."
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | July 22, 1999
NEARLY A CENTURY after it opened as one of Baltimore's most elegant residences, the old Cecil Apartments building on Eutaw Place is about to be reborn for a new generation of urbanites.Silver Spring-based developer Richard Brinker is planning to acquire the vacant, eight-level building at 1123 Eutaw Place and renovate it to contain 64 apartments by early 2001.Brinker wants to attract employees of the nearby state office buildings and other professionals who work in downtown Baltimore and want to live near their offices.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | December 29, 2001
The old red bank at Calvert and Redwood streets survived the Great Fire of 1904, which destroyed most of Baltimore's financial district. But it seems to have caught fire this winter, after a $2.5 million renovation turned it into the city's hottest new nightclub and party palace. Every week, hundreds of revelers deposit $10 per person to venture inside Redwood Trust, the cavernous entertainment center created inside the old Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. branch. What they find is a bank transformation unlike any other: Teller windows have given way to a well-stocked bar. The walk-in vault is a VIP lounge.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2011
A fire in West Baltimore Sunday night damaged a home and an adjacent structure, city fire officials said. The blaze in the 2500 block of McCulloh St. was extinguished in 15 or 20 minutes, and no injuries were reported, but the roof of an adjacent structure was damaged as well, according to Chief Kevin Cartwright, a city fire spokesman. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation. tim.wheeler@baltsun.com 0
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2010
The call echoed across Blue Mirrors just after 3:30 in the afternoon: "Smoke!" Within seconds, dark clouds choked the bar on The Block, the city's storied red-light district in the heart of downtown. Young women clad in slivers of lingerie grabbed coats and dashed outside, as the first firefighters streamed water onto the blaze that would grow to engulf four buildings on East Baltimore Street. "We were trying to get the girls out as soon as possible without getting any indecent exposure charges," said Jeff Jones, the owner of Blue Mirrors.
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By Edward Gunts | ed.gunts@baltsun.com | March 31, 2010
Johns Hopkins has completed its purchase of the former Zurich Insurance Co. property in North Baltimore for $15 million and plans to take possession today. Brian Dembeck, executive director of Johns Hopkins Real Estate, said Hopkins plans to begin this spring to modify 415,000 square feet of office space on the property for use by more than 900 Hopkins employees who will move there in phases. He said the renovation would be a multimillion-dollar project, but he didn't give a specific figure.
NEWS
By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | August 27, 2009
The Maryland Board of Public Works approved on Wednesday a transfer to the federal government of state-owned land in Northwest Baltimore where U.S. officials plan to build an office building to house some Social Security Administration operations. The new structure, which federal and state officials say is needed by 2012, is planned near the Reisterstown Road Plaza Metro station. It would be one of the largest and most expensive federal office buildings in Baltimore in years. About 1,600 federal workers now at the federal agency's Metro West complex on Greene Street would move there.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | May 11, 2009
It has the look of a classic urban parochial school: no-frills architecture, granite walls and stairs pounded by saddle shoes. And now, nearly four decades after the last pupil at what was then St. Ann's School closed a composition notebook, the three-story building at Greenmount Avenue and 22nd Street is being readied to accept a new school. Some of Baltimore's best-known philanthropists and charities - led by Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and his wife, Renee - have donated $7 million to renovate the building to accommodate Mother Seton Academy, a 15-year-old school now housed in a Fells Point convent.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin and Gus G. Sentementes and Richard Irwin and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporters | February 11, 2008
Firefighters battled a two-alarm dwelling fire late last night near Mondawmin Mall that extensively damaged a vacant rowhouse and extended into a bail bond business next door. Occupants of a second adjoining dwelling escaped without injury, said a Fire Department spokesman. Reported about 11 p.m. in the 2400 block of Reisterstown Road, the fire damaged all three floors of the vacant house at 2407 Reisterstown Road and forced the residents of 2405 from their home and into an ambulance, where medics examined them for possible injuries.
NEWS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | October 9, 2001
In Baltimore City One man arrested, 2 sought after woman alleges abduction, theft One man was in custody and two others were being sought by city police in the reported abduction at gunpoint of a woman who was taken from her home to the check-cashing business where she works and allegedly forced to give the men its money. Police said Kimberly Johnson, 32, a clerk at Check Mart in the first block of W. North Ave., was awakened in her East Baltimore home at 7 a.m. yesterday by three men, and taken away after her children - ages 5, 10 and 12 - were ordered into a second bedroom.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | April 19, 1991
For taxpayers, all the unseemly haggling over the price of th B&O Warehouse in Camden Yards comes down to one question: How much do we pay for aesthetics?That's what we're talking about here: Aesthetics, our sense of beauty and artistic integrity, our instinct for what is environmentally pleasing, our ability to distinguish the elegant from the vulgar. It's our inclination to act perfectly foppish -- Oscar Wilde-ish -- every now and then, and to make judgments about what is tasteful and what is tacky.
NEWS
By Katy O'Donnell and Katy O'Donnell,SUN REPORTER | December 4, 2007
A small crowd gathered yesterday morning below blue and green maritime-themed murals in the airy but stately Call Room, a two-story pavilion in the center wing of the U.S. Custom House in Baltimore, to celebrate the building's centennial. The event, hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration and Barbara Shelton, the GSA regional administrator, brought several local and national government officials to speak about the importance of the national historic landmark and its contribution to Baltimore's port industry over the past 100 years.
NEWS
By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN REPORTER | July 9, 2007
After a year that dealt Baltimore's preservationists some painful hits, the city is stepping up its effort to protect historic properties - and sites that include a noted African-American church, a South Baltimore park and an old brewery are poised to become "city landmarks." Though the owner of the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre has put off landmark consideration for that downtown site until next month, Baltimore's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation will consider granting protected status tomorrow to five new locations, after creating only 17 landmarks over the past decade.
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