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Old 08-18-2013, 08:35 PM
 
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There is a very strange structure right off Columbia Pike (Rt29) in Laurel, just north of Johns Hopkins Road and south of Rt 32. The actual address is around the 7500 block of Old Columbia Rd. The structure is on the right side heading north.


For those of you who can't see the picture, the structure appears to be a church or a space needle type building. Cool architecture, appears to have been built in the 70's. There has been a crane and some construction equipment in the yard for years.

This building has always been a mystery to me, I think it looks really cool but I've never been able to find out the story of it's orgin.

Does anyone know anything about this place? I would love to hear anything about it.
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Strange Structure on RT 29/Columbia Pike in Laurel, Near Mont./Howard Co. Line-img_20130818_180859.jpg  
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Cool architecture, appears to have been built in the 70's. There has been a crane and some construction equipment in the yard for years.
The building has been there since I arrived in Columbia in 1973. I always assumed it was a house built by someone with strange ideas. Otherwise, I don't know their story.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:50 PM
 
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It looks really cool, it has always fascinated me. I thought it may have been an abandoned church, but it looks pretty post-modern.

I think anyone who would build a place like that to live in has to be pretty interesting.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:38 PM
 
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There is a very strange structure right off Columbia Pike (Rt29) in Laurel, just north of Johns Hopkins Road and south of Rt 32. The actual address is around the 7500 block of Old Columbia Rd. The structure is on the right side heading north.


For those of you who can't see the picture, the structure appears to be a church or a space needle type building. Cool architecture, appears to have been built in the 70's. There has been a crane and some construction equipment in the yard for years.

This building has always been a mystery to me, I think it looks really cool but I've never been able to find out the story of it's orgin.

Does anyone know anything about this place? I would love to hear anything about it.
Hey Roadie i live off Guildford road which ends right at old Columbia road and if you make a left and drive down old Columbia road over the one lane bridge that structure sits on the left. I drive past everyday to get on 29 or sometimes go to the chic fila, Japanese place or Kolbys but every time i drive past it looks like construction and sand facility. You will see construction vehicles and dirt piles on the inside. Like you my assumption was that it was built a long time ago by one of those design people like you see is dwell magazine.

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Old 08-21-2013, 05:23 PM
 
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There is one of those road maintenance domes nearby that holds sand and I think salt. This is a separate facility, I do not think they are related.

There has been a truck crane in the yard of the structure in question for years now, when I first saw it, I thought it was in the process of being dismantled, but I think a construction company uses it for storage. I have seen the crane in different positions.

I checked it out from the road on Sunday, looks like there was some office lighting on the first floor area. There is a gate out front and enough "No Tresspassing" signs to make me think they don't want to be bothered, same for the house next door.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, Maryland
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I have always been fascinated by this place. I have tried to research it and pretty much come up with "strange building on route 29. What is it?" I did find something along the lines of it being built by the person in the house but no reason why or what its original purpose was.

It kinda looks like a modernist church building. Very 70's.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:08 AM
 
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According to 'Real Property Search' it is residential property belonging to a Brown family. It lists the little white house just to the south of it as owned by another person named Brown.

The address is 7623 Old Columbia Rd., Howard Cty.

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Old 08-27-2013, 08:46 AM
 
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Googling the address turned up a Columbia Patch item in which the following comment appeared:

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It is not the first time the question is asked. Here is what Columbia Archives knows. In a July 1987 Columbia Magazine article it said it was the residence of Merlin and Doris Brown. The current phone book lists Mr. Brown at that address. In the article it stated that the structure was an addition to their home and that it would provide living space. Further sleuthing at the Columbia Archives unearthed a Baltimore Sun article from July 3, 1979 that said that Merlin Brown wanted to build a tower on his residence and submitted plans to Howard County which was grappling with the application to determine whether it complied with zoning regulations. It’s unclear from the sources we have here at Columbia Archives as to when the structure was actually built. It sure is an unusual building with an interesting history.
Apparently, it was/is part of a private residence.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Apparently, it was/is part of a private residence.
On Zillow, the acreage appears to have several other structures on it like mobile homes. I have also wondered if it is a commune or religious group. Considering the gate and signs, they obviously don't want to be bothered by curiosity seekers.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Oceania
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According to 'Real Property Search' it is residential property belonging to a Brown family. It lists the little white house just to the south of it as owned by another person named Brown.

The address is 7623 Old Columbia Rd., Howard Cty.

Link here:
SDAT: Real Property Search

That site can be a dangerous weapon to hand to just anyone. Guns don't compare when it comes down to what you can find out there.
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