Towson's Alex Cooper Auctioneers To Facilitate Sale Of Iconic Johns Hopkins Estate


Towson’s Alex Cooper Auctioneers plans to auction off Johns Hopkins’ childhood home, located in Gambrills, Tuesday morning in Annapolis. The 13-acre estate is pictured above. (Credit: Google/ Google Maps)

GAMBRILLS, MD - The childhood home of Johns Hopkins is heading to auction Tuesday in Anne Arundel County.

A report said a nonprofit has struggled to complete its purchase and restoration of Hopkins' birthplace. The Gambrills estate, located at 2173 Johns Hopkins Road, was built in 1780.

Alex Cooper Auctioneers, headquartered in Towson, said it will auction off the home Tuesday morning in Annapolis.

The Capital reported that The Johns Hopkins House Inc., a nonprofit, purchased the 13-acre estate in March 2022 but also borrowed $168,000 from the property seller. Then Gov. Larry Hogan reserved $243,000 for the buyer to pay off the loan from the seller and finish the transaction. That state money was pending the buyer's completion of nonprofit paperwork and a state review.

The Capital said the nonprofit hasn't completed those necessary documents, delaying the payout from the state and holding up the payment to the seller.

The Hopkins estate has been in foreclosure court since January, The Capital said.

Hopkins was born on the property, known as Whites Hall, in 1795. He lived there until he moved to Baltimore at age 17.

Hopkins went on to found Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The auction is scheduled for Tuesday at 9:50 a.m. on the steps of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, located at 8 Church Circle. More auction details are posted here.

To learn more about the nonprofit's attempt to block the auction and retain its ownership, read The Capital's full story

Editor's Note: Patch reporter Jacob Baumgart originally wrote this story for the Odenton-Severn Patch. Patch reporter Van Fisher adapted it for the Towson Patch.

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