The University of Maryland Study Center at Kiplin Hall, located in northern England, is a valuable resource available to students in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. In recent years, preservation students have taken summer courses here (one group studied classic English pubs) and architecture undergraduates have used it as home base for a semester abroad in Europe.
George Calvert, the Lord Baltimore, built Kiplin Hall in the 1620s and later played an influential role in establishing the State of Maryland. One of Calvert’s direct descendants, George Benedict Calvert, helped launch the University of Maryland when he sold several hundred acres of his land to the State of Maryland in 1858 for the purpose of establishing the Maryland Agriculture College. The Maryland Agriculture College went on to become the University of Maryland.
In the late 1980s, David Fogle, a University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation faculty member, envisioned a renewed relationship between not only the University of Maryland and Kiplin Hall, but also the State of Maryland and Kiplin Hall. By working together with both the state and the university, Fogle was able to secure the money needed to establish the University of Maryland Study Centre at Kiplin Hall in 1986.
The study center was built out of what was originally a stable house and blacksmith’s shop. Since its creation in 1986, the University of Maryland Study Center at Kiplin Hall has provided affordable opportunities to hundreds of students to experience the United Kingdom and Europe firsthand.