Arundel Medical Center
began its history as the Annapolis Emergency Hospital, at the top of a
hill that was then on the outskirts of Annapolis. In the
twentieth century, the original farmhouse that had served as the
hospital was replaced by a three-story brick building. That
building remained on the site and in use by the hospital until the
relocation of the medical center in 2001.
Architects was selected to undertake the preservation and adaptive
reuse of this significant building. The hospital site was redeveloped
into a new neighborhood comprising condominiums, townhouses, and
single-family houses. The new condominium building abuts the
original brick building, and in fact four individual units cross the
boundary between new construction and the historic structure.
consulting with the property owners during the extensive Historic
Preservation Commission review and approval process, Halpern Architects
developed the designs of the seven condominium units within the
historic hospital building, as well as the community meeting rooms and
other common areas in the basement. We coordinated our work
the architects of the new condominium building, as well as the many
consultants responsible for integrating modern systems such as heating
and air conditioning, plumbing, insulation, and extensive electrical
work with the sensitive historic fabric of this stately building.
with structural engineers to stabilize the existing building during the
excavations for the adjacent building, and to delicately cut new
openings into the load-bearing masonry structure to serve the changing
needs of the building's new occupants.