Preservation Maryland is soliciting competitive proposals from a qualified architectural firm or multidisciplinary team to conduct an existing conditions assessment of the historic Robert W. Johnson Community Center, located at 109 North Avenue, Hagerstown, Maryland, and to complete a report that includes a ranked priority list of treatment recommendations appropriate per findings and future programming desires, in adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, and accompanied by cost estimates.

The Robert W. Johnson Community Center (RWJCC) is a historic building in Hagerstown, Maryland named after one of its past directors Lt. Robert W. Johnson, a former Tuskegee Airman. It was originally the “old” North Street School from the late 1800’s to 1947 when it was converted to a YMCA. In 1968, it became the Memorial Recreation Center and began offering after-school, summer camp and recreational programs from 1980 onwards.

Preservation Maryland, RWJCC, Inc. and local partners are combining efforts to see much needed and deserved updates come to fruition. As a long-standing feature and source of support in the community, rehabilitation of the center is imperative to facilitate its continued use for neighborhood programming, special events, essential services and more. To ensure the building maintains its significant historical integrity but is properly fitted to meet the community’s needs, a comprehensive assessment is required. The goal of the project is to provide a conditions assessment report that may serve both as a guide for the prioritization and implementation of appropriate treatment of existing issues and as a reference source for the future use and maintenance of the community center.

Please review the RFP for additional details. Requests for additional information may be submitted to Laura Houston at

Responses due by 11:59 P.M. ET on Monday, November 22, 2021