Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content
info This archive page is no longer updated and may contain out-of-date information
» Back to:» Historic Preservation home » Burnt Mills Hills

Burnt Mills Hills

John Nutter Interview

M-NCPPC - Montgomery County Planning Department staff member, Clare Lise Kelly had the opportunity to interview architect John Nutter, soon after he celebrated his 100th birthday. Nutter designed Burnt Mills Hills houses in 1937 and is an original resident of the community (list of Nutter designed homes ).

John Nutter at home with drawings of homes he designed on wall behind John Nutter, architect, with his renderings of Burnt Mills Hills houses that he designed in 1937.

John Barrett Nutter attended the McKinley Manual Training School (now McKinley High School) where he discovered a passion for architectural drawing.  He studied architecture at George Washington University, under Norris I. Crandall, a Cornell University graduate.  In 1937, John Nutter designed 13 revival style houses in Burnt Mills Hills for developer Roberts E. Latimer.  The majority of Nutter’s projects in Burnt Mills Hills were speculative houses for which Nutter had freedom to draw up his own plans.  The Norman, Virginian and New Englander were his designs.  In addition to two contract houses: 818 and 821 McCeney Avenue, Nutter designed the house which would become his own dwelling at 801 McCeney Avenue. 

In later years, John Nutter worked for architect E. Burton Corning. His chief project was the National Cash register Building on 16th Street NW.  In 1939, he designed houses for developer Merwin A. Mace at Westmont, in Arlington, Virginia, a distinctive low-cost housing development of concrete construction.  With a family to support and the war coming on, Nutter pursued a government job. He aced the Civil Service Exam which required him to design a small house. He worked in the Bureau of Yards and Docks in Washington D.C. for 33 years.  In 1960, Nutter designed a speculative house at 717 McCeney Avenue, in Burnt Mills Hills, at the request of a builder.  Having celebrated his 100th birthday in July 2011, John B. Nutter continues to live in his house at 801 McCeney Avenue.

Part 1 Architectural training and early practice

Part 2 Working for Roberts E. Latimer

Part 3 Burnt Mills Hills houses

Historic Preservation Staff Completed a Research Study of the Burnt Mills Hills Subdivision

View the research form (January 2012).

Based on this research, Maryland Historical Trust has determined that Burnt Mills Hills is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

This East County neighborhood, located off New Hampshire Avenue and Columbia Pike, is a potential historic district in the White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan area. Originally platted in 1935, Burnt Mills Hills was conceived as a community of country estates.

This seven-minute presentation on the history of Burnt Mills Hills was presented by historic preservation planner Clare Lise Kelly at a September 15, 2011 community meeting.

Advertisements for Burnt Mills Hills houses

NOTE: Houses are listed in order that advertisements appeared in the Washington Post. This compilation is for research purposes only and not intended for reproduction.

Chronology of Early Burnt Mills Hills Houses
1 700 McCeney Avenue
2 823 Burnt Mills Avenue
3 710 Burnt Mills Avenue
4 901 McCeney Avenue
5 800 Burnt Mills Avenue
6 701 McCeney Avenue
7 807 Burnt Mills Avenue
8 816 Burnt Mills Avenue
9 915 McCeney Avenue
10 909 McCeney Avenue
11 1007 McCeney Avenue
12 10910 Hoyle Avenue
13 10701 Harper Avenue
14 700 Burnt Mills Avenue
15 900 McCeney Avenue
16 821 McCeney Avenue
17 818 McCeney Avenue
18 10901 Jarboe Avenue
19 800 Edelblut Dr.
20 801 McCeney Avenue
21 1000 McCeney Avenue
22 824 Burnt Mills Avenue
23 808 Edelblut Dr.
24 801 Edelblut Dr.
25 10711 Gatewood Avenue
26 10710 Gatewood Avenue
27 10714 Gatewood Avenue
28 10906 Jarboe Avenue
29 10615 Harper Avenue

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

For information about historic designation:
Clare Lise Kelly, Research & Designation Coordinator

For information about Historic Area Work Permits in Burnt Mills Hills please contact:
Scott Whipple, Historic Preservation Supervisor

If you need to speak with someone in our office please call us at: 301-563-3400

Date of last update: January 27, 2012