Clementine L. Peterson, a trustee of Western Maryland College, has given the college $1 million to renovate and restore the college's Fine Arts Building.
It is the single largest gift in the school's history, school officials said.
The building, constructed in 1908, will be renamed the Clementine and Duane L. Peterson Hall, for Mrs. Peterson and her late husband, a co-founder of the Baltimore-based national business service firm of Peterson, Howell & Heather, now known as PHH.
Plans call for making the building the centerpiece of a new arts complex.
When work on the limestone-and-brick building is completed next year, it will be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Robert H. Chambers, president of Western Maryland, said Mrs. Peterson's gift marks the beginning of the college's rededication to the teaching of the fine arts.
"Clemmie Peterson has our deepest appreciation for understanding how much this project means to Western Maryland," he said.