Montgomery Modern Bus Tour participants visit the 1962 Carderock Springs Clubhouse, part of the Carderock Springs National Register Historic District. Photo: Sandra Youla, M-NCPPC.
by Scott Whipple, Supervisor | Historic Preservation Section | Montgomery County Planning Department | M-NCPPC
Nearly 30 people participated in the Montgomery Modern Bus Tour, held on October 5 in conjunction with Docomomo-US Tour Day 2013. The tour, organized by the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office in partnership with AIA Potomac Valley, included commercial and residential architecture and planned modernist neighborhoods designed or built by prominent architects Marcel Breuer; Keyes, Lethbridge & Condon; Vincent Kling; and Berla and Abel and developers Edmond Bennett and Abe Pollin.
Planning Department staff prepared a guidebook for the tour, which received recognition as a MarCom Award 2013 Gold winner. The guidebook and additional information about the tour is available on the Montgomery Modern webpage.
Montgomery Modern is an initiative launched by the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation section to explore, analyze, and record local mid-century modern buildings and communities. As part of this initiative, preservation staff is producing educational materials and programming, and working to engage the public in thinking about these buildings and communities that developed during a time of tremendous growth in Montgomery County.
Planning for additional tours and other programming are underway. Watch for announcements in 2014 by following @MoCoHistPres on Twitter or on Facebook.