In one of the largest efforts of its kind, Goucher College is moving three twelve-hundred-ton mid-century modern dormitories across its campus in Towson. The buildings, completed in the early 1950s, were part of Froelicher Hall. Designed by architects Moore and Hutchins, the building was named for Hans Froelicher, a long-time Goucher dean, and interim president. The buildings on the move are Alcock, Gallagher, and Tuttle Houses—all named after faculty and alumni of the college. When college completed the buildings, they housed over two hundred students.
Each building is approximately one hundred feet long, forty feet wide and thirty-five feet tall. Over the last sixty years, they have been modified to include more spacious living arrangements and common rooms, but the buildings themselves have retained the mid-century modern design that defines much of Goucher’s campus. The work crews are now jacking them up and putting them on wheels to roll across the campus, soon to be used again for student housing in a new location.
We have a small window of opportunity to witness part of this massive move in action and to get some insight from the project’s engineers on how in the world it is possible to move such large historic stone buildings. Please join us and two hosts from the college, Mr. Terence McCann, director of facilities, and Dr. Thomas Walker, director of Goucher’s historic preservation program, on this one-hour interactive tour. We’ll meet at Goucher’s Stadium Parking Lot at the north end of campus near the Sports and Recreation Center.
This is a hard hat tour of an active construction site. Tour participants must wear pants and closed-toed shoes, and be comfortable walking on uneven ground.