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Auburn to be renovated

5 March 2014 By Sam Shelton, Assistant News Editor No Comments

In light of the University’s plan to sell the Greenway House, which was formerly home to President Maravene Loeschke and was used to host important University events, Loeschke will turn to the Auburn House as a replacement venue for such gatherings. President Loeschke’s Chief of Staff Jennifer Gajewski said that the property was chosen as one of the President’s replacement locations due to its historical charm and ties to Towson.

“The Auburn House is an historical house that allows us to celebrate the rich history of the campus while providing an intimate on-campus setting for some events the President will hold with donors, alumni and community members this coming year,” Gajewski said.

The Auburn House, which sits about a mile from central campus, was built in 1790 and acquired by the University in 1971, according to a 2003 Towerlight article. This makes the property over 220 years old and requires that the estate be updated before it can be used as a suitable hosting venue.

Some aspects of the building’s renovation have already been completed and, according to Director of Construction Services Scott Guckert, were primarily maintenance related.

“Some basement waterproofing work was accomplished along with heat/cooling system upgrades,” Guckert said.

In addition to these structural changes, Vice President of Administration and Finance Joe Oster said that the building is also set to receive superficial alterations and furnishings.

“The University will also be doing some repainting and re-carpeting of the first floor areas. These areas were last carpeted and painted about 10 years ago,” Oster said. “The House will be furnished with items from the Greenway House after the sale is complete.”

Despite these changes, other locations around campus will also serve to replace the event space lost during the sale of the Greenway House. Gajewski said that the President will make use of “such venues as the SECU Arena, West Village Commons, Center for the Arts, College of Liberal Arts and the University Union.”

“The campus affords us many opportunities to invite the community, donors and alumni back to Towson,” Gajewski said.

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