Marks Announces Plan to Perserve “The Annex” in Perry Hall

photo courtesy of Councilman David Marks

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced an agreement in which the old Perry Hall Elementary School (known as the Annex) will be recommended for protection as a historic landmark. In return, Marks said he will support rezoning the property to accommodate expanded business uses at the location.

The owner, Gallagher Services, has entered into a contract with the Kraus family, longtime residents of Perry Hall who are represented in this acquisition by Kathy Townsend of Cummings and Company Commercial, also represented in Perry Hall. Plans call for the leasing of the building to a business that will serve the needs of the community.

Built around 1925, the structure housed students until Baltimore County Public Schools opened the current elementary school in 1956. It was also used to house students during several period of overcrowding in the 1970s, earning the name “the Perry Hall Annex.” Most recently, it has been owned and operated by Catholic Charities of Baltimore as the Gribbin Center, serving those with developmental disabilities.

“I am delighted that an agreement has been reached to preserve this structure, one of the oldest of its type in Perry Hall,” Marks said. “I wholeheartedly support placing the Perry Hall Annex on the list of protected landmarks, which eliminates any possibility the building will be bulldozed.”

The Kraus family currently owns the property and agreed to renovate and repurpose the building.

“We welcome the opportunity to support efforts in preserving one of Perry Hall’s most stately an historic buildings so its history can become an integral part of the lives of present and future generations of Perry Hall residents,” commented Mr. Kraus.

The building is located at 9317 Belair Road in Perry Hall.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with the owners of this historically significant property in Perry Hall,” added Bryan Fischer, president of the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County. “This project is an excellent example of how adaptive reuse keeps a building viable and reduces emissions and landfill usage otherwise wasted on unnecessary demolition. The Preservation Alliance thanks Councilman Marks and the Kraus family for their vision and commitment to historic preservation.”

Councilman Marks was joined recently at the school by the Kraus family; Senator Kathy Klausmeier; and Anne Gryczon, executive director of the Baltimore County Historical Trust.

B.J. Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later in 2022.