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Goucher College Placed on the National Register of Historic Places

Release date: October 18, 2007

Goucher's architectural design recently earned the college placement on the National Register of Historic Places, the National Park Service’s list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

When the architectural firm Moore and Hutchins was designing Goucher's campus in the 1940s and 1950s, it shifted away from the traditional symmetrical collegiate design. Instead of laying out the buildings in a quadrangle or courtyard format, the company grouped buildings in informal zones based on their function and connected them with pedestrian walkways.

The idea that the design of individual buildings was less important than their interrelationships was progressive for that era. 

"Goucher is considered on one of the jewels of architecture for its time period," said Ann McKee, director of undergraduate historic preservation at Goucher.

McKee worked on Goucher's application for the register with Linda Barone, project manager for Facilities Management Services; Michael Curry, professor of theater and a former academic dean; and former special collections librarians Sydney Roby and Gail McCormick.

Though the register’s goal is preservation, Goucher's placement on the register does not prevent the college from making changes to its campus.

The honor does make the college eligible for a variety of state and federal grants and tax credits, which McKee said the college will explore.

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