OTHER RED LINE EVENTS
Baltimore's Hebrew Orphan Asylum Past and Present
Sunday, February 5, 2 - 3 pm
Edmondson Avenue Branch Pratt Library
4330 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229
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At 2700 Rayner Avenue, in the Greater Rosemont community of West Baltimore, along the Red Line corridor stands the historic Baltimore Hebrew Orphan Asylum. Constructed in 1876 in the grand Victorian Romanesque style, this striking red brick castle is the oldest Jewish orphanage in the United States. Currently owned by Coppin State University — a historically black college founded in 1900 — it has been vacant since 1989 and recently suffered a partial roof collapse.
Now, an effort is underway by Coppin, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, and Baltimore Heritage, Inc. to save the building and see that it becomes part of the National Register of Historic Places.
This vital historic asset has the potential to anchor community development in West Baltimore and uplift the community there. Join the many people who care about Baltimore’s unique past in recognizing that this place matters.