Pascault Row Student Housing

661 to 665 West Lexington Street
(Acquired 1978)
(Constructed 1889) Converted to Apartments (1982)
60,973 Square Feet
Fire Box 13-51

Pascault Row Student Housing 651 through 665 W. Lexington Street consists of eight row houses converted into 49 efficiency apartments and 24 one bedroom units. These buildings are listed on the Maryland Historical Building Rolls.

The original houses are of ordinary construction with brick exterior walls, and are five levels in height. The new portions of each unit, south side, are of ordinary construction with troweled on masonry over cement block walls and are two stories in height. The basement level contains one resident manager's apartment , storage locker rooms, office, laundry room, mechanical, and electrical equipment rooms, and the apartments for the handicapped. A common corridor runs the entire length of the basement and is separated by one hour construction in four locations. The fire doors in the separations are held open with electromagnetic hold open devices hooked into the building fire alarm system.

The building is equipped with an interior fire alarm system consisting of manual pull stations, water flow devices and audible/visual devices which transmit a signal to the Pine Street Police Station. Each of the four handicapped units have smoke detectors which are interconnected with the fire alarm system. The handicapped apartments are also equipped with high intensity strobe lights which flash when the complex's fire alarm system activates. The balance of the living units have smoke alarms which sound only within the dwelling unit. Portable fire extinguishers are located in each apartment and exit corridors.

The entire building is protected with a residential wet sprinkler system. The system contains a water flow alarms, and valve supervisory switches connected to the building fire alarm system. Standpipes are located with hose valves on each level of the stairwells. The fire department connection is located on Lexington Street. Knox FDC caps are installed on fire department connections to prevent vandalism.

Portable fire extinguishers are located throughout the facility.

Fire Department suppression equipment has access on the north, south and west sides of the building.

A diesel powered emergency generator is located outside at the west end of the complex and provides power to the building and life safety systems.

A Knox Box has been installed next to the annunciator panel with keys for mechanical areas, electric areas and fire alarm panels to be used by the fire department as needed. A key for the Knox FDC caps is also located in the Knox Box.>

These buildings are classified as Residential occupancies.