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Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital and Gate House

Towson, Maryland
County of Baltimore.
National Register Number: 71000369
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Health Care - hospital. The threat level was Watch in
2004.
Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 11, 1971):
A leading private institution for the treatment of the mentally ill. The hospital buildings, dramatic Norman Revival structures, mark an important stage in psychiatric planning because they provide for separation of patients according to the nature of their illnesses.

The ongoing sale of parcels of the historic therapeutic landscape by the Hospital may be compromising the integrity of the Landmark. There are plans to design and build new hospital space at the rear of the original hospital structure designed by Calvert Vaux. A tower struck by lightning has been restored to match the original design. The gate house has been by-passed by a new road and protected from traffic by a stone wall. The State HighwayÂ’s stream restoration project is out of site of the gatehouse. The hospital has retained Robert A.M. Stern as architect for the expansion project. The original Calvert Vaux design will not be compromised.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The landmark nomination should be reevaluated to include the significance of the historic therapeutic landscape. Measures should be taken to preserve the remaining landscape intact. Designs for the addition should be reviewed carefully and construction should be monitored to minimize any further loss of integrity.


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