by a Broadmead resident
The Trips Committee organized a tour Tuesday afternoon, March 12 to visit the George Peabody Library and the Willard Hackerman Map Collection, portions of which are now on display. In addition to attention given to mapmaking across the centuries, the early maps of Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay, and Baltimore City were of interest to the visitors. Curator Paul Espinosa emphasized the collecting passion and generosity of Willard Hackerman as one of Baltimore's most prolific businessmen and philanthropists.
In terms of significant connections with Broadmead, Hackerman (a Baltimore Polytechnic Institute graduate, and a Johns Hopkins University Engineering graduate), was later the CEO of Whiting-Turner, the firm responsible for construction management of Broadmead during the late 1970's. Residents were also duly impressed by the grand design, they layout, ironwork, and open space of the main portion of Peabody Library.