The legacy of Owen
Owen House was poised to live out its final days in
relative obscurity. An 11th-hour discovery, however,
granted the building historical immortality and a brief
moment in the spotlight, a two-week period during which, by
all accounts, it held the title of the oldest building on
the Homewood campus.
It was thanks to a team of volunteer
investigators that the walls of Owen House finally talked.
And what a tale they had to tell: The farmhouse, which was
coming down to make way for a new chemistry research
building, was likely a good 100 years older than
Sitting in the shadow of much grander
Georgian-style academic buildings, the modest two-story
structure, thought to have been built in 1850, was somewhat
out of place. In addition, with the exterior having been
remodeled several times and the interior carved up for use
as office space, the house wasn't considered historically
VP named for external
Linda L. Robertson, a former senior U.S. Treasury official
who has spent more than 25 years working on federal
legislative, taxation and budget issues in both government
and private sector positions, has been appointed the
university's vice president of government, community and
Robertson will arrive on campus Sept. 3
to assume this new position, created to strengthen Johns
Hopkins' relationships with neighboring communities; with
local, state and federal governments; and with broader
public audiences nationally and internationally.
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