At groundbreaking for the historic Hoen Lithograph Building, visions of a new East Baltimore

Club at Collington Square students gather outside the Hoen Lithograph Building before the groundbreaking. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Standing on a podium set up inside the hollowed-out shell of the old A. Hoen & Co. building in East Baltimore on Tuesday, Ella Durant touched on a distant memory of the structure from her childhood.

“Third grade, my elementary school, we took a tour through this building when it was operational,” Durant, president of the Collington Square Neighborhood Association, said. “Now, it sat empty—oh my goodness—35, 40 years. It’s coming alive again.”

Johns Hopkins Puts Theory into Practice with New Elementary School


At the Johns Hopkins School of Education, it’s not all book-learning and airy ideas; with a new community elementary school on the way, Hopkins-trained educators will be able to put into practice everything they’re learning.

The project may have a clunky name (officially, it’s Elmer A. Henderson:  A Johns Hopkins Partnership School; it used to be known as the East Baltimore Community School), but its goals are lofty. The $43 million state-of-the-art school, a partnership with Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies, is scheduled to open for the 2013-14 school year, and will host 540 students when it’s at capacity. Students will be drawn from the so-called “East Baltimore Development, Inc.” area — the neighborhoods around the sprawling Johns Hopkins Medical complex, many of whom have had a fraught relationship with the school and its approach to development. (Former residents who were relocated out of the area so Hopkins could expand will also have priority.) If space remains, the school will also serve siblings, children of nearby employers, and children from surrounding East Baltimore neighborhoods.