Tag: renovations

Garrison Forest School Receives Largest Gift in School History for Construction and Renovations


Garrison Forest School Renovations

Garrison Forest School (GFS) received a $5 million gift to support several ongoing and future projects, including a full renovation of the main Upper School building and the construction of a new dormitory, both of which are slated for completion this summer. Gifted by an anonymous alumna donor, the donation represents the largest single philanthropic gift in the independent school’s 109-year history.

“The renovation of the Elinor Purves McLennan Library, the construction of the new dormitory and the complete renovation of the Upper School’s main building are projects designed to serve our students by making sure that our facilities match the high quality of our academic, residential and extracurricular programs,” said Head of School Chris Hughes.

‘The Bake is Back’: City officials celebrate Upton roller rink’s renovation and reopening

Photo by Ethan McLeod

For retired Baltimore Colts wide receiver Glen “Shake and Bake” Doughty, Friday morning was a triumphant moment. More than half a year after the city shut down his eponymous Upton rolling-skating rink and bowling alley due to its falling into a state of disrepair, he was there to celebrate its revival.

“Make no mistake, it’s time to shake and bake!” he shouted in the lobby.

Pratt Central Library to Shut Down for 9 Days for First-Floor Renovations

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The central branch of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library downtown will be closed to the public for nine days this month as crews renovate the first floor of the 85-year-old building.

Baltimore Center Stage Reopens After $28 Million Renovation

Baltimore Center Stage’s Deering Lounge. Photo by Karl Connolly Photography.

When Baltimore Center Stage opened its upper-level Head Theater in 1991, architects promised it would be highly flexible, with seats that can be arranged in a variety of configurations to complement the fixed-seat Pearlstone Theater below.

Senator Theatre Closer to Makeover Deserving of the Grande Dame


The Senator Theatre’s fate has teetered for years like a girl playing dress up in mom’s heels. Fortunately those toting the big girl purse power are as fond of our cinematic Deco Dame as I am.

On Wednesday, the city’s Board of Estimates voted in favor of a resolution that approves $300,000 for the Senator’s restoration plans under the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Legacy Grant.

The restoration plan that will cost over $3 million. Included the cost: three screens, bringing the theatre to a total of four screens, new seating and projection equipment.

Between a city loan and state and local incentives, the project has already received $1,300,000 for renovations.

This might raise some concerned eyebrows from people less interested in preserving an architectural and historical diva and more interested in ensuring that renovations will attract more patrons. It appears that progress is already being made in that direction.

A change has been incorporated to the Senator at its Belvedere Square location that contributes to the Charles’ success — Sofi’s Crepes. The crêperie offers another incentive for Belvedere shoppers and diners to turn the corner onto York Road for an afternoon or evening out.

Renovations are scheduled to start in April and projected to be complete by the end of 2012. The Senator has always been one of my leading lady Baltimore landmarks. Here’s hoping that this is the beginning of her big comeback.

Idyllic Ruxton Victorian (Once Rehab’s Done)


HOT HOUSE: 1739 Circle Road, Ruxton, MD. 21204

1898 cedar shingled, slate roofed Victorian “cottage” on 1.2 wooded acres in Ruxton. Six bedrooms, five baths, 7,000 square feet. House is currently divided into four apartments and needs extensive work: $599,000

What:  Ugly fire escape ladders climb up the exterior walls. Cheaply ‘enclosed’ porches are sagging off the sides. Rotting gutters are clearly visible.  But look past all that. The price is right and the bones are there. If you have vision, time and cash, this will be a real gem.  The house sits in a sunny clearing, and backs on a steep pine forest, so great feng shui, for starters. There is room and sun for a medium-sized garden, but otherwise this is a very low-maintenance lot, not much lawn, mostly woods. From Circle Road, you enter through stone gates. A barn-inspired garage, which may have been an open carport, currently hides the pretty front door. Inside, the octagonal entrance hall has a wood-burning fireplace and leaded glass windows. Stairs lead up to the second floor. Most of the period details are intact – wood paneling, fireplaces, trim, etc.  A nice second-story porch, original to the house, although covered now by fiberglass storm windows, overlooks the woods, as does a wooden deck for entertaining. Inside, it’s chopped up, due to the rental units, and not really worth a full description. But if you are at all interested in a fixer-upper, this is one to see. Best guess is $300K worth of work.   

Where: Bellona to Ruxton Road. Over the bridge, pass L’Hirondelle  Club, left on Circle Road. Number 1739 is towards the end of the road, as it winds around to the right. House is .5 miles from Graul’s Market. Many consider Ruxton to be an ideal location: Baltimore County taxes, Baltimore County schools, ten minutes to downtown, ten minutes to Hunt Valley.

Why: Six years at Riderwood Elementary (your top-notch local public school) instead of a private school could save you $120,000 per kid –  a lot of new bathrooms…

Why Not: Marriage is not currently strong enough to withstand months of soul destroying renovation, bickering over money and kitchen appliances. Also…not enough grass to justify a ride-on mower.

Who: The kind of family who will let kids play in the woods.

NB: What are those four cement man-hole covers on the lower lawn?