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In 1989, Elizabeth Banks sold the beautiful, historic 138-acre Belward Farm to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for $5 million. At the time, the property was estimated to be worth $54 million. What accounts for the substantially reduced sale price? According to Ms. Banks’ heirs, the sale was contingent upon an agreement with JHU that the majority of the Belward Farm property would serve the university primarily for educational purposes.
By all accounts, Ms. Banks was a staunch preservationist. She is reputed to have resisted the offers of developers for the family’s property for years, even going so far as chasing them off her land. But she apparently had a soft spot in her heart for JHU and the assurance that they would do the right thing, in her eyes, with her family’s property.
In 1997, JHU and the family agreed on a plan to build a 1.4 million-square foot satellite campus on Belward Farm. The plan has since morphed into a 4.7 million square feet high rise commercial office park and high density, residential development. Which brings us to the lawsuit that has recently been filed by the “Family” in Montgomery County Circuit Court?
According to Tim Newell, nephew of Elizabeth Banks and lead plaintiff, “Early in the process, we made known to the University the Family’s objections to its current plans. Instead of working with us to address these concerns, the University has simply maintained that its new plan is not at odds with what my Aunt Elizabeth had in mind,” Newell said. The Family strongly disagrees. It is sad and ironic that Johns Hopkins, the University my Aunt was so fond of, has become the type of developer that she tried so hard to protect the Farm from. It is unsettling to think that a Family with the best of intentions to support a University and preserve a farm of historic importance have had their legal rights and donative intent ignored by the gift’s recipient, Johns Hopkins University.”
In 2010, Preservation Maryland, along with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and local historic preservation organizations advocated for the preservation of the historic core of the site and the consideration of reduced density development of the farmstead. We further encourage all involved to ultimately consider the wishes of those who owned and protected Belward Farm before its sale. Stay tuned: we’ll keep you updated on court actions going forward.
UPDATE:This blog was first published in January 2012. In October 2012, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ronald B. Rubin ruled to remove all development restrictions on the property. The family is appealing the decision. Said Tim Newell after the decision; “Institutions should be required to honor donor intent, and our family intends to fight for Belward Farm, Aunt Liz, and donors around the country who trust that their donations will be used as promised.” The struggle continues…
For the latest information on the Belward Farm case, check the website www.scale-it-back.com.
Marilyn Benaderet/Preservation Services Director
Do you have a property in Baltimore County that you think is “historic” and wonder how to have it designated as such? Are you interested in protecting your historic property from development or demolition, even if you were no longer able to look after it? Are you interested in receiving tax credits for work done to a historic property? Are you a member of an organization that needs funding for a historic preservation project in Baltimore County?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions you can find an answer at a workshop to be held TOMORROW, Wednesday, December 5th, Securing Historic Status on Structures in African American Communities in Baltimore County. Hosted by Louis Diggs, Baltimore County historian and author, and the Historical Society of Baltimore County, the workshop will feature local and statewide historic preservation professionals and grant makers. Representatives from the Baltimore County Historic Preservation Office, Maryland Historical Trust and the African American Historic Preservation Grant program, the Baltimore County Historical Trust, and Preservation Maryland will be available to provide information regarding the historic designation process, easements, and funding for African American sites in Baltimore County.
This workshop is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited, but still available so R.S.V.P. at email@example.com.
The event will be held on Wednesday, December 5th, 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. at the Historical Society of Baltimore County, 9811 Van Buren Lane, Cockeysville, MD 21030.
Hope to see you there.
Last Tuesday I was one of the fortunate few to leave the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in route to Spokane, Washington to attend the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference: Beyond Boundaries. Despite Hurricane Sandy’s disruption of east coast travel, Delta Airlines was able to get its afternoon flight in the air and we took off on time to our destination.
Spokane is a beautiful city with abundant natural resources, as well as an interesting history reflected in its built environment. This year’s conference highlighted the diverse cultural heritage of Spokane with a number of sessions and field trips devoted to the historic Native American presence and immigrant influence in the region. Preservation of structures, sites, landscapes and cultural resources were given attention and discussion. The sessions definitely reached beyond the usual boundaries of the preservationists’ comfort zone.
I always look forward to the National Trust’s conference. It’s a great opportunity to network with fellow preservationists. It is always enlightening to see and hear the successes and challenges my colleagues around the US have experienced since the previous year. Ideas, resources and strategies are shared of battles won and lost. I think most attendees leave inspired; with a renewed sense of purpose and determination to continue to “fight the good fight.”
Preservation Maryland is pleased to announce it has awarded grants totaling $ 20,000 to eight nonprofit organizations and local governments through its Heritage Fund grant program. The Heritage Fund supports preservation projects and organizations through grants that are awarded for a variety of purposes – from emergency repairs to case studies – and range from $ 500 to $ 5,000.
The fund provides direct assistance for the protection of endangered cultural resources and promotes innovative demonstration projects that can be successfully replicated to meet Maryland’s historic preservation needs. Along with historic sites, buildings, districts, and objects, projects benefiting archaeological resources are eligible for funding. This initiative is jointly sponsored by Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust.
In 1996, the two organizations established the grant program to assist local governments and preservation organizations with projects that would not typically be funded by either group’s existing programs. The grants have often been used as matching funds and seed money to initiate or support projects in their infancy or preliminary stages. Projects supported by the fund include bricks and mortar preservation and restoration, heritage tourism, organizational development, and educational, research and planning efforts related to resource preservation.
Heritage Fund grants were awarded to the following organizations.
$ 3,000 Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
$ 2,000 Calvert Marine Museum Society
$ 3,000 Captain Avery Museum
$ 2,000 Coastal Heritage Alliance
$ 2,000 Empire Homes of Maryland
$ 3,000 Sweet Prospect Baptist Church
$ 2,000 Thurmont First
$ 3,000 Warren United Methodist Church
The next deadline for grant applications is February 1, 2013. For further information about the Heritage Fund program, please visit www.PreservationMaryland.org or contact Marilyn Benaderet, Preservation Services Director, Preservation Maryland at 410-685-2886 x303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Chance to Help a Building in Need in Your Community!
EXTENDED Deadline: Friday, September 28, 2012
Preservation Maryland is extending the deadline to submit a nomination for the 2013 Endangered Maryland list. This means you still have the opportunity to nominate a site important to your community. There’s one in every community, a building that could use a little extra attention to help bring about a successful outcome. This will be the last chance for you to nominate it for the 2013 Endangered Maryland list.
The goal of Endangered Maryland is to raise awareness of some of the state’s most threatened historic and cultural sites.Treasured sites are lost each yeardue to demolition, vandalism, neglect, and inappropriate development. Once they are gone, they can never be replaced.
The Endangered Maryland list features properties that reflect the diversity of Maryland’s heritage of sites and traditions and illustrates the threats facing them. Sites will be chosen from across the state and the final Endangered Maryland list will be published in Maryland Life magazine’s March/April 2013 issue.
How Do I Nominate a Site?
The nomination form is available on our website and contains information about selection criteria and what is needed to apply. The deadline to submit a nomination is FRIDAY, September 28, 2012. The nomination process is designed to be simple and straight-forward. The form asks 10 questions to get more information about the site, the threats facing it, and what the future may hold.
If you have any questions about the form or any other aspect of the Endangered Maryland program, please contact Marilyn Benaderet at 410-685-2886 x303 or email@example.com.
Deadline: September 21, 2012
Since 1985, Preservation Maryland has presented awards to individuals and organizations recognizing their exemplary contributions to preserving Maryland’s rich and diverse heritage. We are currently seeking nominations of candidates for this year’s Historic Preservation Awards to be presented at our Annual Program on November 14, 2012.
The President’s Award recognizes exceptional leadership and commitment to preservation; the Stewardship Award recognizes commendable care of a historic resource; the Volunteer Award is presented to an outstanding non-paid preservationist and the Phoenix Award recognizes excellence in revitalization through preservation.
Individuals, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and government agencies are eligible to receive Preservation Maryland’s Historic Preservation Awards. Nominations submitted but not selected in previous years may be resubmitted. Click here to learn more about the program and access a nomination form.
It’s time YOU acknowledge that tireless historic preservation hero or extraordinary preservation project deserving of public recognition. Completed nominations must be postmarked by September 21, 2012. Please contact me with any questions you may have at 410-685-2886, x. 303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.