The Woodbourne Center

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Established in 1798 to assist children left destitute by the Revolutionary war, The Woodbourne Center is one of the oldest child care institutions in the United States. Following a master plan prepared by Ziger|Snead, the Woodbourne Center developed three new residential units. The placement of the units among the existing gymnasium and administration building, creates a “central quad” on an otherwise non-descript campus setting. Outdoor paths and smaller gathering spaces help physically link the buildings. Each single-story unit is designed specifically to house Woodbourne clients--emotionally disturbed adolescents--while effectively remaining a mental health treatment facility. The typical plan consists of common living spaces, dining spaces, time-out rooms, staff records office, and 12 individual bedrooms.


Design Team: Steve Ziger

Owner: The Woodbourne Center

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Construction Cost: $2,500,000

Area: 10,500 sf

Completion: 1999

Program: bedrooms, common living spaces, dining spaces, time-out rooms, offices


  • 2000 Design Award — AIA Baltimore