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Restoring Historic Orphanage

Center for Health Care and Healthy Living at Hebrew Orphan Asylum

Location: Baltimore, MD

Client: Total Health Care Inc.

Services:  Interior Architecture

Cost:  $12,000,000

pursuing LEED® Gold

Adaptive Reuse and Health Care

Integrated Health Care


RM Sovich Architecture provided interior architecture planning and design services for the adaptive reuse of the historic Hebrew Orphan’s Home in west Baltimore into a Community Center for Healthy Living.


“The building, believed to be the oldest existing Jewish orphanage in the country, was built in 1815 as a country home, later used as headquarters for the Baltimore City and County almshouse and became home to the children of poor Jewish immigrants after it was purchased and donated by William Rayner, an affluent German Jewish businessman in 1873.” --Simone Ellin, Baltimore Jewish Times.


The orphanage is “one of the few surviving 19th-century buildings constructed by Baltimore’s Jewish community."


This adaptive reuse project is a full-service family-home model medical facility. The project includes pediatric care, pediatric dentistry, women’s health, and a pharmacy. The project will be a healing force in the community in the services provided and also by breathing life into a structure so firmly rooted in the community’s history.

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