Historic Perry Hall School Up For Sale: Councilman Marks Advocates Preservation
PERRY HALL, MD - In a bid to preserve one of Perry Hall's most historic buildings, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks voiced his strong support for the conservation of the old Perry Hall School at 9317 Belair Road, often referred to as the Annex or the Gribbin Center.
According to Marks, the Gribbin Center, also known as the "Perry Hall Annex," is currently up for sale by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. During a recent meeting with representatives from the archdiocese, Councilman Marks said he emphasized his commitment to maintaining the integrity of this architectural and historical treasure.
"This was the old Perry Hall School, sometimes called the Annex, used most recently as a center for supporting those with developmental disabilities," Marks said. "I expressed my strong support for preserving this building and will be working with the Archdiocese during the upcoming zoning process so it can be used for private uses that are friendly to the community."
According to Baltimore County Zoning data, the property is currently designated for "Density Residential" (DR 1). This zoning designation primarily permits the development of single-family, semi-detached, and duplex dwellings.
A significant part of Perry Hall's educational and community history, the building is among the oldest brick structures in the area. The six-room brick establishment was built in 1925. The school was part of Perry Hall's rapid educational evolution, which included the construction of Perry Hall Elementary School in 1956 and Perry Hall Senior High School in 1963.
Apart from its academic and architectural significance, the Gribbin Center, previously the Perry Hall Primary School, played a pivotal role in community bonding. According to Accessible Beltway Clinics, it was the birthplace of several community traditions, including the much-loved Halloween parade, and served as the venue for numerous social events, from Bingo nights to dances.
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