Perry Hall Annex

Councilman Marks was joined at the school by the Kraus family; Senator Kathy Klausmeier; Councilman David Marks; and Anne Gryczon, executive director of Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County

Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County is happy to  announce that an agreement has been reached to preserve the old Perry Hall School – known by many as the Annex – as a historic landmark, forever protected from demolition. The Kraus family, which now owns the property, will renovate and repurpose the building, and Councilman David Marks has supported rezoning it for appropriate uses. Many thanks to the Kraus family and Councilman Marks, this preserves a key part of Perry Hall history. We also appreciate the support of Julie Henn, Baltimore County Board of Education, who helped during the process.

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, plan to lease 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 periods 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,” Councilman Marks commented. “I wholeheartedly support placing the Perry Hall Annex on the list of protected landmarks, which eliminates any possibility the building will be bulldozed.”

“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.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with the owners of this historically significant property in Perry Hall,” added Bryan Fischer, president of 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. Preservation Alliance thanks Councilman Marks and the Kraus family for their vision and commitment to historic preservation.”