The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, opened in 1876 with the
inauguration of its first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. Gilman was
committed to the idea of a university connected to and inclusive of
undergraduate colleges, technical schools, conservatories, medical
facilities and research centers, leveraging each to build a more
comprehensive, literate and conscientious university. Indeed,
Gilman saw the university as a center for human advancement.
At the center of this human advancement is Gilman Hall, a home
for humanities. Its 146,000 square feet of classrooms, study space
and offices are the intellectual heart of the university. Gilman
Hall opened in 1915 with the intent of nurturing a community of
scholars, encouraging faculty members and students to collaborate,
share expertise and explore ideas wherever they lead.
During its first century, Gilman Hall didn't receive much
maintenance attention. Repair was long overdue for nuts-and-bolts
infrastructure, but funding was a continual problem until New
York-based R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects gave The
Johns Hopkins University a wider vision meant to inspire—a
comprehensive room-to-room renovation. This expanded vision proved
to be a better fundraising draw, and the $73 million project began
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