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[ARCHIVE] The Merriweather Post Pavilion of Music February, 1965 to July, 1967 [Columbia Maryland]
[ Baltimore, MD ]: The Rouse Company, 1967. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good. First Edition. 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches. Green buckram cloth, covers bowed outward. Various documents, forms bound in. Over 350 items total. Spine marked "Columbia Institutional Development | Pavilion of Music" Cloth. The day file of Wallace Hamilton, Director of Institutional Planning for the Rouse Company, containing over 350 pages of documents and correspondence related to the conception, creation and eventual opening of the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The Rouse Company/Community Research and Development, Inc. was responsible for building a planned model community of 100,000 people in Columbia Maryland, of which this Pavilion of Music would occupy roughly 10 acres and provide the summer home of the National Symphony Orchestra when completed in 1967. The Music Pavilion was planned to be opened with the first set of buildings in the community. The set of documents taken as a whole are quite interesting because although they document the usual correspondence between major players in the project, there are also side notes that provide an "inside view" to what was happening. For instance, shortly after the announcement that the National Symphony would be playing there in the summers, a "Battle of the Symphonies" occured when the Baltimore Symphony (Rouse's home town symphony) started a real fight. Page 43 is a typed note from Hamilton noting the "inside story" behind it. The documents trace the initial conception of the idea, through the negotiations at length with the National Symphony, to starting to work on nuts and bolts related to Unions, concessions, contracts, and details. There is also considerable documentation of the "Wolf Trap Farm episode" which deals with a donation of 100 acres from Mrs. Jouett Shouse to the National Capital Parks with a stated intention that a 3500 seat outdoor concert hall, very similar to Merriweather, be built on the land. At the end of the "insider summary" Hamilton notes "In hindsight, it does seem that we should never have touched this issue with a ten foot pole. But at the time it seemed very urgent." While the archive of material doesn't contain blueprints or construction details, the financial and operational aspects of this scale project are evident both from a political and practical standpoint. Many of the memorandum are internal Rouse Company memorandum, and many of those have hand-written notes on them. It is interesting to note that the Pavillion was designed by Gehry, Walsh and O'Malley of Baltimore. The facility is still in operation today, and was recently ranked #4 in open air pavillions by Rolling Stone (Wikipedia). It's opening day was July 14, 1967. A fascinating read.
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