May 6, 2016 – Restoration work is set to begin on the historic Hilton Mansion located on the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.
Lewis Contractors—the restorers of numerous notable Baltimore landmarks such as the Mount Vernon Place Washington Monument, Basilica of the Assumption, and Everyman Theatre—have been tapped to manage the approximately $6.5M project for CCBC.
“We are delighted to team with CCBC on this iconic project,” said Tyler Tate, President of Lewis Contractors, “and, it is always an honor to have the opportunity to touch a storied place. The current house is believed to have been constructed in the 1820s/30s, and—interestingly—the name “Hilton” is said to have been coined by the property’s early 19th century owner, Dr. Lennox Birkhead, to reflect upon the home’s hilltop location.”
Having served as the school’s administrative headquarters in recent years, the mansion will undergo a comprehensive renovation to transform the deteriorating home into a new space for the school’s Global Education and Honors program.
Work will involve conserving the building’s exterior while completing waterproofing and other envelope improvements as well as a complete renovation/restoration of the interior consisting of elements such as new utilities and ADA compliant upgrades. All work will follow strict preservation guidelines in order to maintain the historic fabric of the nearly two-hundred year-old building.
Work on the project is set to begin this month and will last approximately one year.
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