Mary Ruff Brush, owned and managed North Baltimore’s Broadview Apartments for sixty years at a time when it was very rare for women to do such things. Her father, stone mason John K. Ruff, had built the apartment house. Together, in 1950, they opened the 465-unit Broadview Apartments on 39th Street. It was the largest apartment house in Baltimore at the time. A few years after it was build, Mary moved into the twelfth floor and resided there until her death.

Submitted by: Harriet Lynn