Sheppard Pratt Health System – Gatehouse

Towson, Maryland

Turning a landmark gatehouse into a guesthouse

Towson, Maryland

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Project Type
Adaptive Re-Use of National Historic Landmark, Guesthouse

2013 Merit Award Associated Builders & Contractors

Professional Credits
Waldon Studio Architects

The first patient was admitted to Sheppard Pratt Hospital in 1891 and, since then, the institution has held a rich history of humane care for the mentally ill. Its historic buildings possess a rich architectural history. We were retained to provide guidance for the restoration and re-use of various campus buildings, including the vacant, iconic gatehouse. 

The design team proposed to convert the gatehouse, originally a dwelling for the property’s gatekeeper, into a three-unit guesthouse for guest speakers and other short-stay visitors. The first floor — which is divided by the old roadway into two halves — features a kitchen, living room, and dining room, while upstairs, there are three bedrooms, each with a full bathroom.

In the historically sensitive exterior restoration, all gingerbread, pendentives, and arched windows were restored, along with a porch that had been removed in 2009 due to its structural separation from the main house. The restored porch preserves the original fabric; an inconspicuous guard rail was installed to comply with code. The project also included a comprehensive new foundation drainage system.

Katherine Good, CSI, APT

Senior Project Manager, Historic Preservation Practice Leader
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