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Attend the Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party – Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m.

Community invited by Montgomery Planning to hear from author, Clare Lise Kelly and learn about the County’s mid-century neighborhoods and landmarks at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda

The Montgomery County Planning Department, is hosting a book launch party for the new book entitled Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979
on Friday, October 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Writer’s Center located in Bethesda, MD (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD).

The event is free and sponsored by the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office and will include a presentation by Ms. Kelly and an opportunity for attendees to purchase a signed book. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required.

Register for the Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party.

Montgomery Plans video

See an overview of Midcentury Modern architecture in Montgomery County in this edition of Montgomery Plans, presented by Clare Lise Kelly, M-NCPPC historic preservation staff.

Modern Montgomery from M-NCPPC

About Montgomery Modern

Montgomery Modern logoMontgomery County historic preservation planners have begun exploring, analyzing and recording local mid-century modern buildings and communities, part of an effort we call Montgomery Modern.

Montgomery Modern explores mid-century modern buildings and communities that reflect the optimistic spirit of the post-war era in Montgomery County, Maryland. From International Style office towers to Googie style stores and contemporary tract houses, Montgomery Modern celebrates the buildings, technology, and materials of the Atomic Age, from the late 1940s through the 1960s. A half century later, we now have perspective to appreciate these resources as a product of their time.

The historic value of the mid-century era — the 1940s through the 1960s — has, until recently, been largely overlooked. Now, as these buildings and communities have matured and are over 50 years old, we have begun to appreciate their historical cultural and architectural significance. As result of a more complete understanding of these resources, decision-makers may find some of these resources appropriate for historic preservation.

Planners want to help raise the public's understanding of - and appreciation for - these buildings and communities developed during a time of tremendous growth in Montgomery County.

Montgomery Modern Bike Tour

Check out the Montgomery Modern Bike Tour Guidebook (pdf, 7MB). On October 11, 2014 the community was invited by Montgomery Planning's Historic Preservation Office to pedal around mid-century neighborhoods and landmarks and learn more about Montgomery Modern.

Montgomery Modern Bus Tour

This tour provided an opportunity to experience firsthand some outstanding examples of mid-century modern architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland. Featured are a range of projects that include residential neighborhoods, a custom home, community buildings, and corporate headquarters by nationally known architects and accomplished local practitioners. The bus tour of October 5, 2013, was a program of the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative , in partnership with the AIA Potomac Valley Chapter, a Docomomo Tour Day event.

Experience the tour Online map

Montgomery County mid-century resources

Montgomery Modern blog posts:

Read more about the mid-century era:

Know of a good mid-century building we ought to consider? Contact us with your ideas, describe the sites and/or send photos and we'll evaluate them.

More information

Staff contact

Clare Lise Kelly

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Last updated: August 25, 2015