McKim's School

McKim's School, also known as McKim's Free School, is a historic school located at Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It is an archaeologically accurate Greek-style building. The front façade is designed after the Temple of Hephaestus, or Temple of Theseus, in Athens, Greece in granite. Six freestone Doric columns, 17 feet (5 meters) tall, support the entablature and pediment. The sides were derived from the north wing of the Propylaia on the Acropolis of Athens. The building site was funded by Quaker merchant Jon McKim who funded a trust for poor students managed by his son Isaac after his death in 1819.[2] It was designed by Baltimore architects William Howard and William Small and erected in 1833. It served as a school and youth training center until 1945, when the building was adapted for use as the McKim Community Center. In 1972 the building was sold by trustees to the city.[3]

McKim's School
McKim's School, 1120 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore City, Maryland.JPG
McKim Community Center
McKim's School is located in Baltimore
McKim's School
Location in Baltimore
McKim's School is located in Maryland
McKim's School
McKim's School (Maryland)
McKim's School is located in the United States
McKim's School
McKim's School (the United States)
Location1120 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Maryland
Coordinates39°17′29″N 76°36′04″W / 39.29126°N 76.60113°W / 39.29126; -76.60113Coordinates: 39°17′29″N 76°36′04″W / 39.29126°N 76.60113°W / 39.29126; -76.60113
Area19 acres (7.7 ha)
ArchitectHoward, William; Small, William
Architectural styleGreek Revival
NRHP reference No.73002190[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 30, 1973
Designated BCL1971

McKim's School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

It is included in the Baltimore Heritage Walk.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Laura Rice. Maryland History in Prints 1743-1900. p. 108.
  3. ^ Arthur Townsend (June 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: McKim's School" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-04-01.

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