The choice between these two, oh-so-different, locations had to be made by the national Lacrosse organization US Lacrosse Inc. when they had to decide where to build their national headquarters.
Naturally, they picked....of course, Sparks!
|Planned Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, MD per a rendering published|
in the Baltimore Business Journal
Thanks to an article by Kevin Litten from the Baltimore Business Journal we know what was on the minds of the Lacrosse captains: Sparks has more parking and they can own there whereas at the Inner Harbor they would have had to lease. Who can quibble with such sound reasoning? Their choice and the design they picked clearly shows, US Lacrosse Inc. is not encumbered by considerations of urban planning or architecture.
At the Inner Harbor they would have occupied a piece of land that in 1993 masterplanners had set aside as open space that could surround a "world-class signature building" like the Sidney Opera House. One will recall that the Sidney Opera became a worldwide icon for Sidney's Harbor.
|Once considered Lacrosse headquarters at the Inner Harbor |
(image from ASG website)
The Sparks location fits well into a setting of flex warehouses and bland speculative office buildings.
Has nobody told US Lacrosse Inc. that those zones are not anymore where it is at?
Klaus Philipsen, FAIA
The author participated in the creation of the first Planned Unit Development plan (PUD in 1993 that preserved a 6 acre open space on the 26 acre former Allied Signal brownfield, a peninsula located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, later proposed as a Lacrosse site by ASG Architects.
updated for spelling/grammar 16:47h
|Sidney icon (Image: Creative Commons)|