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American Institute of Architects to honor Oriole Park tonight


Oriole Park at Camden Yards will receive one of the highest awards bestowed for American architecture, a national honor award from the American Institute of Architects.

The 2-year-old ballpark at 333 Camden St. is one of 17 works of architecture singled out for recognition at the AIA's 1994 "Accent BTC on Architecture" awards gala tonight at the National Building Museum in Washington.

"Every aspect of the design of Camden Yards, from the smallest graphic touches to the largest structural elements, is lively and good natured, making going to a baseball game in Baltimore a wonderful experience," said the nine-member AIA jury.

"The architects and their enlightened clients have built not merely another ballpark but a very important public place."

Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum's Sport Facilities Group is the lead architect.

HOK worked with RTKL Associates of Baltimore and Wallace, Roberts and Todd of Philadelphia on the urban design.

Other winners included the U.S. National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington; the Carnegie Hall tower in New York; Rowes Wharf in Boston; the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk; and the Salem Witch Trials Tercentenary Memorial in Salem, Mass.

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