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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.

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.

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Special thanks to our sponsors


  • Konst for providing lunch
  • Carderock Springs Citizens Association for refreshments
  • River Road Unitarian Congregation
  • Grateful appreciation to all our hosts for making this event possible.

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.

Help us celebrate some of the best of MontgomeryModern by joining us on October 5 for a bus tour of a selection of Montgomery County's mid-century modern architecture. Montgomery County’s Historic Preservation Office has joined with the Potomac Valley AIA on this tour, a part of Docomomo_US's Tour Day 2013. Space is limited. Register now.

Montgomery County mid-century resources

Read more about the mid-century era:

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M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Clare Lise Kelly

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Last updated: October 27, 2014