The Rosewood Center was an institution for people with developmental disabilities located on Rosewood Lane in Owings Mills, Maryland. It was established in 1888 as the Asylum and Training School for the Feeble Minded.

From 1912 to 1961, it was known as the Rosewood State Training School. In 1961, the facility was renamed as the Rosewood State Hospital. After the state departments of health and mental hygiene merged in 1969, the facility was renamed the Rosewood Center.

Rosewood Building

On January 15, 2008, the State of Maryland announced that Rosewood would be closed in the near future, and the center began the process of transferring residents to other facilities.

It finally closed on June 30, 2009.

Throw Away the Key (Video)

News Report on the Conditions at Rosewood State Hospital in Maryland (Date Unknown).

Rosewood Photo Album

The photographs in this album were taken May 27, 2009, the same day the last person moved out. The viewer will have historic and visual context if "Throw Away The Key" is first viewed.

Photos courtesy of Professor Thomas Neuville, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania

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Rosewood Hospital Complex 1892-1941

Rosewood Center: A Demand for Closure. A Public Report by Maryland Disability Law Center, February 1, 2007

What's Possible (Rosewood Stories)

"A Forgotten Scandal in Baltimore's High Society" - March 17, 2014 article from