After $1.2 million in renovations, the historic Mansion House at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will once again open its doors to the public Thursday.
The house, built in 1801 as a private residence, features a wide stairway out front leading to a grand, 20-foot wide closed-in porch that is available to rent for social occasions and houses the administrative offices for the zoo. It was converted to a public building in 1863.
The renovations were performed by the Azola Companies and HDC Real Estate Property Management. They were funded by the state, which took over operations of the zoo in 2004.
The renovations include electrical upgrades, new paint and carpeting, new windows and new generators and air conditioning to the porch.
A celebration and open house will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., zoo officials said Friday.