The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries will celebrate the acquisition of the Martin L. Millspaugh Papers by hosting a panel discussion featuring Martin Millspaugh, exploring the history and legacy of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Carey Business School’s Harbor East campus in the Legg Mason Building, 100 International Drive.
“The Inner Harbor is an iconic feature of the city, but people today tend to assume it has always been part of the landscape,” says Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums. “The Millspaugh Papers offer a fascinating look into the story of how today’s Inner Harbor was created and tell a very rich story about the history of Baltimore city, its leadership, and its people.”
Martin Millspaugh oversaw the development of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor from the mid-1960s through the 1980s. The project ultimately involved 260 acres of downtown land and almost $7 billion worth of construction. Developers weathered initial skepticism, and the venture’s legacy endures as one of the most influential urban renewal projects ever accomplished. After Inner Harbor development reached completion in the mid-1980s, Millspaugh joined famed developer James W. Rouse at Enterprise Development Company, a consulting firm that helped cities worldwide plan their own Inner Harbor-like projects. TheMartin L. Millspaugh Papers document this movement, including project files related to clients as far-flung as Sydney, Osaka, and Rotterdam.
“The Millspaugh Papers reflect an important era in the history of Baltimore urban development—the establishment of Charles Center and the Inner Harbor,” said Jordon Steele, Hodson Curator of the university archives. “These and other projects represented in the collection not only have local importance to Baltimore-area residents, but are also nationally and internationally significant to scholars of urban policy and planning.”
The Martin L. Millspaugh Papers number more than 50 linear feet of plans, drawings, correspondence, outlines, photographs, and books, spanning the mid-1950s to present. The collection is currently being preserved and processed for researchers.
Thursday’s discussion is free and open to the public. In addition to Millspaugh, panelists include Michael Anikeeff, professor and director of the Edward St. John Real Estate Program at the Carey Business School; F. Barton “Bart” Harvey, former CEO of the nonprofit Enterprise Foundation (now the Enterprise Community Partnership); and Gilbert Sandler, author, journalist, and Baltimore history expert.
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