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How do you move a thousand-ton Mid-century Modern building? Tour Goucher’s Dorm Moving Project in Action

In one of the largest efforts of its kind, Goucher College is currently moving three twelve-hundred-ton Mid-Century Modern dorm buildings across its campus. Each building is approximately one hundred feet long, forty feet wide and thirty-five feet tall. 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. 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.

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Tours on the move this summer! Check out our Charles Village Pride walking tour, Historic Parks by Bike, and Goucher College’s mid-century modern dorm moving project

We’re enjoying a hot start to summer but before it gets really hot we’re squeezing in a few tours that combine Baltimore’s great heritage with a little outdoor activity. Tomorrow, June 24, we’re taking a walk through Baltimore’s LGBT heritage with our Charles Village Pride tour. On Sunday, June 25, we’re pedaling and talking our way from Cylburn Arboretum to Druid Hill Park and back again on The Enduring Value of Baltimore’s Parks: A Tour by Bike. And on Thursday, June 29 you can check out moving images with a screening of the 1981 16mm film “Memories” organized by the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance.

Finally, on Friday, June 30, we’re partnering with Goucher College’s Historic Preservation Program to offer a truly unusual tour: a visit with project engineers as they move three one-thousand ton mid-century modern dormitories across campus. How in the world can they do that? We’ll get up close on this hard hat tour to find out! We hope you can join us.

P.S. You can also check out our photos from last week’s 2017 Preservation Awards Celebration at Lexington Market. Congratulations again to all of our award winners!