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Historic Resources Tour of Green Street Academy
June 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
1 AIA/CES HSW LU available
Presented by the AIABaltimore Historic Resources Committee and the Committee on Architecture for Education
The former Gwynns Falls Junior High School, completed in 1925, is a sprawling civic monument in West Baltimore. Designed by the architecture team of Wm. Levering Smith and Howard May – who would go on to conceive 10 Light Street – the construction of this 150,000sf Collegiate Gothic/Tudor Revival campus sparked debates and imaginations among the city’s residents, including top businessmen and journalists. At the time, the Baltimore Sun labeled it the “costliest school” in the city, estimated to require $1,350,000.
The new school was erected by the construction bureau of the Public Improvement Commission, under the supervision of Henry G. Perrin. Concerns over the cost of the building led to the elimination of the swimming pool and courtyard from the proposal in April 1924 and aspects of the project rebid for new estimates.
The school housed students for 60 years until closing in 1985, and since then has become home to the Kingdom Life Church. Currently in renovation, the building will reopen this fall as the new home of Green Street Academy, a city charter school with a focus on sustainability and its own CSA. The church will maintain a presence in a portion of the building.
Casey Smith, AIA of Hord Coplan Macht will lead tours, and discuss the design of the school’s educational environment.
Thanks to Southway Builders and Hord Coplan Macht for their generous sponsorship.