Ribbon-cuttings abound on new buildings; Architecture: Long-term projects come to fruition, from the Inner Harbor to Johns Hopkins.


Two Inner Harbor office buildings, a permanent home for the Contemporary Museum and two major additions to the Johns Hopkins medical campus are among the architecturally significant building projects that will open in central Maryland this fall.

Ribbon-cuttings and dedications in the next four months will mark the openings of a wide range of buildings that have been taking shape over the past several years, including works by such notable designers as Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, Robert A. M. Stern Architects and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership.

Here are some of the important dates on the local architectural calendar:

This week: Opening of The Terraces, a mixed-use community off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on either side of Lexington St. It's the second of four neotraditional communities that Baltimore's housing authority is building in place of high-rise public housing. Torti Gallas and Partners/CHK of Silver Spring designed the master plan.

Sept. 11, 3 p.m.: Rededication of the Francis Scott Key Monument at Eutaw Place and Lanvale Street, after a $125,000 restoration. Steven Tatti was the conservator.

Sept 15: Opening of the Bibelot Bookstore and Donna's Cafe at The Village of Cross Keys, off the 5100 block of Falls Road. Kann and Associates was the architect.

Sept. 17, 9:45 a.m.: Grand opening of a 223,000-square-foot expansion of The Mall in Columbia, including a branch of Nordstrom and 15 other stores. Ray Bailey and Associates of Houston, Texas, was the lead architect.

Mid-September: Opening of the Peabody Music Bookstore and Cafe, 5 E. Centre St. Murphy and Dittenhafer Architects.

Sept. 22: Open house for new headquarters of Eisner and Associates, an advertising and public relations firm that moved this year to the renovated Skylar (formerly, Bagby) building at Fleet and Exeter streets. Gensler Associates was the architect.

Sept. 25: The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore's museum of contemporary art, will open a permanent home on the first level of the former Home Mutual Life Building at 100 W. Centre St. near Mount Vernon. Ziger/Snead Inc. is the architect.

Sept. 26 at 10 a.m.: Blessing and rededication of Meletia Hall, a 1910 residence hall at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, after renovations coordinated by Robert A. M. Stern Architects of New York.

Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m.: A "roof-raising" party for The Redwood, a 151-unit apartment building at Redwood and S. Eutaw streets, designed by Lawrence A. Menefee Architects. The building will be ready for occupancy later in the year.

Oct. 1: Grand opening of the Fells Point Visitor Center, 808 S. Ann St., designed by Rebecca Swanston and Associates.

Oct. 24 at 4 p.m.: Dedication of the Lutheran Center in the 700 block of Light Street, headquarters for five Lutheran service agencies, including Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Designed by Marks Thomas and Associates of Baltimore and Gwathmey Siegel & Associates of New York.

Oct. 25: Public dedication of the the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, a $125 million, eight-level structure at the northeast corner of Broadway and Orleans Street that will be home for the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center. Odell Associates Inc. of North Carolina was the lead architect.

Early December: Rededication of the restored sanctuary of St. Ignatius Church, 740 N. Calvert St. Murphy and Dittenhafer Architects.

Dec. 6: Ceremonial opening of the Bunting Blaustein Building, a $59 million, 10-story cancer research facility on Orleans Street west of Broadway. Part of the Johns Hopkins medical campus, it will be ready for occupancy in January 2000. The architects are Henningson Durham and Richardson of Alexandria, Va., and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership of Portland, Ore.

More to come: Other projects that are rapidly nearing completion but don't have a firm completion date include a new student center for Loyola College in Maryland and the final phases of a 20-unit townhouse development along Key Highway, both by Cho, Wilks and Benn Architects.

Also by late fall, Amtrak is scheduled to complete $11 million worth of renovations at Penn Station to prepare it for the start of high-speed rail service.

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