After 40 years of neglect, the mansion at 3400 Auchentoroly Terrace is being rehabilitated into a 16-unit apartment building, including three accessible units. The renovation will restore many of the elements that made it a neighborhood showcase.
To celebrate the beginning of construction, many of the people involved in helping this project gathered to celebrate a symbolic ribbon cutting on Monday, March 4, 2019, at 1 pm. City and state officials, community leaders and Baltimore building historians gathered to describe the process that went into what will ultimately be a showcase for this historic neighborhood.
A glorious mansion in 1900, the building is the gateway to Druid Hill Park and the Zoo. The block itself has an illustrious past. The Park School was housed in one of the mansions, and the block is anchored by Shaarei Tfiloh, one of Maryland’s oldest synagogues.
“It has taken a great deal of work by many people and organizations to get to the point where we can begin to make this building beautiful again,” says Dan Midvidy, of Meadow Development Group, the Project Developer. “Without the help of the community, numerous city officials, and a visionary lender, this never would have become a reality.”
The emcee for the event was Johns Hopkins, Executive Director of Baltimore Heritage, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving historic buildings and revitalizing neighborhoods. Speakers included Mayor Catherine Pugh, Councilman Leon Pinkett, Comptroller Joan Pratt, Housing Commissioner Michael Braverman, and Barbara Anderson-Dandy, President of the New Auchentoroly Terrace Association.
“This event is long overdue,” says Barbara Anderson Dandy. “We fought so hard to make it happen, and we could not be more excited. Our new neighbors are going to have a beautiful home with everything they need right in the neighborhood.”
“The Auchentoroly Terrace community is one of the city’s most distinct neighborhoods comprised of beautiful homes constructed in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s,” says Councilman Pinkett. “Chief among its grand homes is 3400 Auchentoroly Terrace which is not only a gateway to this community but to the Greater Mondawmin communities. I am elated to celebrate the revival of this property and excited about the impact it will have on the renaissance of West Baltimore.”
Michael Braverman, Commissioner of Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development was also a speaker at the event.
“This is an incredibly important building and its renovation represents a significant step forward for the Greater Mondawmin Community,” Braverman says. “The City invested in stabilizing this historic structure in years past knowing that one day we’d all be celebrating a turning point like this.”
Attendees saw floor plans and renderings of the building and able to ask questions of the developer.
Press Coverage Update:
After decades of vacancy, Baltimore’s historic Auchentoroly Terrace mansion to be transformed into apartments, Baltimore Sun, Hallie Miller, 3/4/19
Long vacant, Auchentoroly Terrace mansion to be converted into 16 apartments, Baltimore Fishbowl, Ethan Mcleod, 3/4/19