Brick & Mortar  /  June 21, 2019

Core Story: School's out at Baltimore Design School

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Summer vacation has started for students of the Baltimore Design School. Considered one of the crown jewels of both the Baltimore City School system and The Core, the Baltimore Design School teaches grade 6-12 students with a focus on graphic design, fashion design, and architecture. It doesn't stint on academics, either. The 115,000-square-foot building was the original home of Crown Cork and Seal, which is better known for other factory buildings nearby. The school was founded almost 10 years ago by former Mayor (and legislator) Catherine Pugh and opened its doors a few years later. At the time of its acquisition, the building was a disused clothing factory that was literally falling apart. Since then, the transformation by Seawall Developers and Baltimore Architects Ziger/Snead has won design awards, and the school is itself a subject of study, because of its beauty and functionality.

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