Henderson-Hopkins School

Architect: Rogers Partners

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Nestled into the fabric of the neighborhood known as Middle East Baltimore, this is the city's first new public school built in 30 years.


The first new Baltimore public school built in 30 years, Henderson-Hopkins School is a bright, optimistic beacon that nestles itself into the traditional urban fabric of the neighborhood known as Middle East Baltimore.

The complex fills most of two city blocks with a series of 'houses,' or classroom clusters, and related facilities whose forms and layout echo the local tradition of lowrise rowhouses surrounding interior courtyards. The street-facing facades are dominated by a grooved pre-cast concrete that mimics Baltimore's homegrown Formstone. Neighborhood streets continue through the complex as outdoor pedestrian corridors.

"The school is deftly woven into the neighborhood with welcoming indoor and outdoor spaces." ~ Jury comment

In perhaps the most overt nod to the historical architecture, the school's library occupies nine century-old rowhouses on Ashland Avenue, gutted and re-purposed.

Yet the school is unmistakably new. Facades that do not face the street are mostly transparent. This allows the majority of rooms to rely on daylight, and children in those rooms to see the life and vitality in other parts of the school into which they will progress during their years at Henderson-Hopkins. A bright, open central commons building sets the tone of optimism that the leaders wanted to characterize the school.

"Well received by the community; the parents are happy that their children work and play in a safe and optimistic setting."  ~ Jury comment

A model facility that will showcase the educational vision of its operators, Johns Hopkins School of Education and Morgan State University, the school is a community campus created by East Baltimore Development, Inc. as a site for not only education but urban re-generation, with a family health center and the library, gym and auditorium offered as shared resources for community residents and businesses.

Additional information

Construction Manager/Builder: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Data, AV, Voice, Security, Acoustics: Spexsys, Llc

Engineer - Civil: Phoenix Engineering, Inc.

Engineer - Geotechnical: EBA Engineering, Inc.

Engineer - MEP and Fire Protection : Global Engineering Solutions

Engineer - Structural: Faisant Associates, Inc.

Food Service: Cini-Little International, Inc.

Landscape Architect: Floura Teeter Landscape Architects

Lighting Designer: Flux Studio

Signage Designer: Salestrom Design

Sustainability: Terra Logos; Eco Architecture

Theater: Fisher Dachs Associates


2016 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Jury

Josiah Stevenson, FAIA (Chair), Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, Boston

José Alvarez, AIA, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans

Brad Cloepfil, AIA, Allied Works Architecture, Inc., Portland, Oregon

Roberto de Leon, AIA, De Leon & Primer Architecture Workshop, Louisville

Julie Eizenberg, FAIA, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc., Santa Monica, California

Julie Engh, Assoc. AIA, Highland Associates, New York City

Elizabeth Hallas, AIA, Anderson Hallas Architects, P.C., Golden, Colorado

Danielle Jones, AIAS Representative, Zelienople, Pennsylvania

Christian Zimmerman, FASLA, Prospect Park Alliance, Brooklyn, New York

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