Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The master planner's Wilde Lake home offers lakefront views and remnants of the past.
There's a piece of history on the market in Columbia, one that offers some of the best views of any lake in the city—James and Patricia Rouse's Wilde Lake home. James Rouse was the founder of the Rouse Company and a noted developer who led the design of the city of Columbia, Fanueil Hall in Boston and indoor malls across the country, according to a biography in the Columbia Archives. Patricia Rouse married James in 1974 and later went on to co-found the Enterprise Foundation with him in 1982, noted her obituary. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom house located at 10450 Waterfowl Terrace still has many of the design features the Rouse's added after they bought the home, such as a breakfast nook, clay tiles on the kitchen counters and around …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Family and friends of Patty Rouse gathered in Columbia Monday for a memorial service to the local icon.
Approximately 500 Columbia residents, past and present, gathered at Christ Episcopal Church on Monday to remember the life of Patty Rouse, co-founder of Enterprise Community Partners and the widow of Columbia visionary James Rouse. Born Patricia Traugott in 1927, she was raised in Norfolk, VA, and graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1948. She married Jim Rouse and moved to Columbia in 1974. Close family and friends attended a private burial after the memorial, according to the Christ Episcopal Church website. Rouse is survived by a sister, two sons, a daughter and nine grandchildren. Her husband, the developer of Columbia, died in 1996.
Friday, March 9, 2012
She was considered an icon in the Columbia community.
The news of the death of Patricia "Patty" Rouse, co-founder of Enterprise Community Partners and the widow of Columbia visionary James Rouse, brought an outpouring of accolades from those who knew and worked with her. She died on Monday at the age of 85. Rouse's memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Christ Episcopal Church on Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Rouse’s official obituary listed her cause of death as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She had also struggled with Alzheimer’s disease for the past 10 years. Raised in Norfolk Va., Rouse graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sweet Briar College in 1948. When she met Jim Rouse, she was working on a graduate degree in urban studies at Old Dominion University, but discontinued her studies …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
How do you think village centers could be improved?
In the coming weeks, Columbia Patch will publish a series of stories on the 10 village centers that have served as a hub for commerce, community and activities in Columbia, the planned community that came to be in 1967. We will explore the various issues the centers face in the ailing economy, asking questions about whether the village center model can thrive in a world of big box stores and online shopping--perhaps a world developer Jim Rouse couldn’t have begun to imagine when he was planning what was to be a cutting edge city that was deemed in its inaugural ad campaign the “Next America.” In Columbia’s formative years, up until the early 1970s, village centers were patterned after small European towns. They each had a small grocery of …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The downtown Lakefront was always supposed to be lively. Today, talks are resuming to reinvigorate the area.
The downtown Lakefront was once supposed to be the shining star of Columbia, a place with numerous restaurants, nightclubs—and even a roller rink. But those ideas for Columbia’s Lakefront faded during the recession of the mid-1970s and left what some see as an unfinished product. Columbia’s founder, developer Jim Rouse said that in 1966, a year before Columbia came to be, the Lakefront and Columbia’s Town Center would include restaurants and other attractions, such a small boat marina, according to documents from the Columbia Archives. Sketches of the Town Center and the Lakefront from early days show a mix of entertainment options inspired by Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, a famous amusement park in Denmark. In 1972, with the Maryland “…
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Our series examines Columbia’s past, with the help of the Columbia Archives.
Did you know that The Mall in Columbia’s opening day, almost exactly 40 years ago on Aug. 2, 1971, was marred with several glitches? But no blooper was big enough to derail the newest economic powerhouse in Columbia that today attracts 18 million shoppers each year. The flubs included: A prank. Someone threw soap into the mall’s fountain within 30 minutes of its opening, according to the Aug. 5, 1971 edition of the Columbia Times. The fountain bubbled over, and a Rouse Company employee—the entity that developed the mall—cleaned it up. Another mess. At the opening, children were given balloons. Many ended up getting stuck in the shopping center's steel rafters. An injury to a businessman. During the opening ceremony, the wind blew a flag …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
It’s the 1960s, and someone is secretly buying land in Howard County.
Perhaps many people around town already know about the super-secret, mysterious beginnings of Columbia--the way some nameless person or entity was buying a huge chunk of Howard County land, and everyone was wondering what the heck was happening. One of the first stories about this change bubbling up in a rural part of Howard County came from the March 25, 1963 Baltimore Post, with the headline “Secret ‘Land Grab’ On in Howard.” According to the story, not even the sellers knew the name of the true buyer. “A veil of secrecy has surrounded the various sales with sellers cautioned by the buyers not to reveal any details of the sales which are conducted through ‘straw men’ holding companies or individuals not publicly known,” reads the news …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Did Columbia’s early planners sell a vision they couldn’t create?
One particularly interesting aspect of the 1967 public relations campaign that advocates waged for Columbia, which was founded that year, was that it was to be “The Next America.” According to the ad copy, planners weren’t necessarily trying to sell Columbia as some sort of utopia, but rather, a city that “works.” It’s “a city designed to work for people,” the ad copy reads, “a city where everyday things are not done in an everyday way.” In another 1967 ad, Columbia advocates say the city is a place where you can “work as a butcher, baker, candlestick maker, lawyer or industrial chef, and where a speedy little mini-bus whisks you from almost anywhere to any place else in the city, for only a dime.” And the kicker: In Columbia, you “can get…
Monday, May 30, 2011
A series of little known facts about Columbia’s past.
It may have been a pie in the sky dream. Make a city where people could work where they live, walk to the office or the grocery store and share one car per family, as well as fellowship and friendship with neighbors. Columbia became a city in 1967--a planned community that grew out of the vision of developer James Rouse, who wanted cities to be enriching places for the residents who lived in them. Barbara Kellner manages the Columbia Association’s historical archives in the city and has worked with Columbia Patch to develop a series on old advertisements and materials about the city. In many ads that ran in the late 60s, advocates of Columbia referred to it as a "dream city," or the "next America." “My point is not what could have been, …