Friday, May 25, 2007

The Rouse Tower

The Columbia Flier has a story about a memo unearthed from the archives showing Jim Rouse once pitched his backers at the Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. on a 30- to 50-story commercial tower in town center that would be high enough to "gain full visibility of Columbia and, hopefully, to view the full span of the corridor from Baltimore to Washington on a clear day."

Partisans in the fight over a 275-foot condo project are dueling over what the founder really intended since the project was never built. "[Our] feeling is on the negative side as far as Connecticut General having a part in sponsorship or financing the tower," the company said in a letter dated Oct. 6, 1966.

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