May 7, 2012

Maryland Hall is sporting new threads.

Photo: Will Kirk/

The original Engineering building on the Homewood campus is now adorned with banners marking the centennial of Johns Hopkins Engineering. In 1912, the Maryland State Legislature appropriated $600,000 “to establish a school or department of applied science and advanced technology” at Johns Hopkins, and at a cost of $285,500 (or $.21 per square foot), Maryland Hall was constructed. At the time of its completion, it housed the departments of Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering and included a machinery hall, mechanics shop, labs, auditorium, library and classrooms—the entire School of Engineering.