2 projects in county receive grants for...


2 projects in county receive grants for historic restoration

Two historic restoration projects in Anne Arundel County -- an Annapolis home of African-American families in the 19th century and a museum' reconstruction of America's first operational radar -- have been awarded preservation grants.

They were among 18 awards totaling $470,000 announced yesterday at a state preservation conference by the Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust and Preservation Maryland.

The largest of the Arundel grants is $22,500 for Maynard-Burgess House at 163 Duke of Gloucester St., home of two successive African-American families from 1847 to 1900.

"The preservation of the house is a tribute to the aspirations of the free black population in the 1800s which also offers insight into their lives, " the commission said in announcing the grant. "The structure is in the process of being rehabilitated as a museum interpreting the life of African-Americans in Annapolis before and after the Civil War."

" The Historical Electronics Museum received $10,000 to support its restoration of SCR-270 radar, manufactured in Baltimore between 1941 and 1943. The free museum is at 1745 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum, open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Restored court building to be dedicated Friday

Although it has been fully open for months, the restored Anne Arundel County Circuit Court building will be dedicated Friday in Annapolis.

The public dedication ceremony -- delayed to allow some final touches to be made to the building on Church Circle -- will include remarks by the governor, the county executive and other officials.

The event is scheduled at 5 p.m. and is expected to last about an hour. It will be followed by a reception and open house in the building, which dates to 1824.

The $62.3 million courthouse restoration replaced a 1952 addition that had housed most of the courtrooms. The new structure was built in two distinct parts, with the first section opening in September 1997. The Circuit Court is the state's third oldest courthouse in continuous use.

Because the construction project was completed in two phases, a temporary entrance on Franklin Street had to be sealed and books and furniture moved between the two sections after the December opening.

Limited free parking at the Whitmore Garage on Clay Street will be available for the dedication.

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