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By FRANKLIN MASON | May 17, 1995
It was good to see Mary Meyer's sketch of the Sheppard-Pratt Gatehouse in the paper the other day (April 15). I like the Gatehouse, I look to see it whenever I go out Charles Street. I look to see if Zelda Fitzgerald is there.She was standing there some 60 years ago. A young man struck up a conversation, made her acquaintance. They got on well. He told her he was an actor.That was music for Zelda. She'd recently written a play called ''Scandalabra.'' The Vagabond Junior Players were to put it on at the converted carriage-house theater on Read Street off Charles.
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NEWS
January 12, 1995
Sykesville officially took over the Gatehouse last week when the state signed and returned a $1-a-year lease to the town."We are now the proud lessors of the building and all its varying problems and unfinished heating system," said Mayor Jonathan Herman.The town has been negotiating with the state for nearly two years in the hopes of renting the two-story building on Cooper Drive for a nominal fee.With help from volunteers, the town Historic Commission wants to renovate the Gatehouse, once part of the Springfield Hospital Center complex, and make it into a museum for its extensive collection of antiques and town memorabilia.
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Sun Staff Writer | June 29, 1994
The size of the auction was unremarkable. The fact of it -- another 12,737-square-foot office building in Hunt Valley, another mortgage foreclosure -- was definitely routine. The result, however, was not."We got more than the mortgage," said Paul Cooper, an auctioneer at Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. in Towson, after his firm sold the Gatehouse at North Park building for $775,000 to an unidentified local bank.Mr. Cooper said the result was probably the first time in five years the firm had sold an office or industrial project for more than the debt on a defaulted loan.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | May 4, 1994
The Sykesville Historic Commission has postponed indefinitely the Gatehouse benefit auction scheduled for Saturday.Winter weather damaged several rooms in the Gatehouse, which was to be the site of the auction and the beneficiary of the proceeds."
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | January 13, 1994
Sykesville is asking the Maryland Historic Trust for $65,000 with which to renovate the gatehouse at Springfield Hospital Center and a one-room school where thousands of African-American children received their elementary education during the first half of the century.The town submitted two applications to the Office of Preservation Services by the Jan. 1 deadline.Municipal officials said they expect a decision within three months."We have a good chance of getting funding for the projects, especially the schoolhouse," Councilman Jonathan Herman said at the Town Council meeting Monday.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | October 26, 1993
The Sykesville Town Council approved a lease of the "Gatehouse" last night, an action that will allow the town to apply immediately for grant money to renovate the 100-year-old building and make it accessible to the handicapped.The $1-a-year lease with the state reflects town-specified modifications and allows Sykesville to terminate at any time. The town attorney gave his approval to the document.James L. Schumacher, town manager, is to start work immediately on a $40,000 federal grant application, which has a Dec. 31 deadline.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | July 20, 1993
The chairman of the Sykesville Historic Preservation Commission says she is not dismayed at the paucity of replies to the Gatehouse questionnaire."There wasn't much to object to," said Rebecca Herman, commission chairman. "It's a win-win situation for the town."The town is considering leasing the Gatehouse, at nearby Springfield Hospital Center, from the state for $1 a year and turning it into a town museum and meeting place. The questionnaire gave a brief history of the 100-year-old structure and asked residents whether they approve or disapprove of the lease idea.
NEWS
June 1, 1993
The Downs Park Junior Naturalists will explore the world of nature at Downs Park during six sessions from June 21 at the park.Sessions will run on Monday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and enrollees will earn a Junior Naturalist patch and certification by attending at least five of the six sessions.Topics in the series will include Bay ecology, birds at the park, reptiles and amphibians and more.The program is for children age 9 to 14 and the program fee is $15. Registration is due by June 21.The county Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Summer Fishing Contest starting today through Aug. 30 at Downs Park.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | March 12, 1993
For the next three weeks, Sykesville residents will have the chance to sound off on the town's proposed lease of the Gatehouse, Cottage 15 at Springfield Hospital Center.The five members of the Historic Preservation Commission are conducting a telephone survey of registered voters.State officials have offered to lease the two-story building to the town for $1 a year. The Historic Commission would like to accept the offer, renovate the 100-year-old structure and make it handicapped-accessible.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | February 9, 1993
Before Sykesville leases the Gatehouse, Cottage 15 at Springfield Hospital Center, from the state, the town attorney is recommending "significant scrutiny.""We should go in and look as if we are buying the property," said attorney Dennis J. Hoover at last night's Council meeting. "It would be nice to have a $1 building, but can we afford it?"The state is asking for the town's signature on a 30-year lease at a nominal cost: $1 a year."The rental is low, but we are undertaking maintenance and insurance responsibilities," said Mr. Hoover.
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