September 1, 2015 Mid-Century Modern

Event: Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party – Oct. 30

WJSV/WTOP Radio Transmitting Station (1940), Wheaton, by E. Burton Corning.WTOP photo by Theodor Horydczak taken between 1940 and 1943, from the Library of Congress collection.

WJSV/WTOP Radio Transmitting Station (1940), Wheaton, by E. Burton Corning. Photo by Theodor Horydczak from the Library of Congress collection.

For all you MoCo modernists, this is a must attend event. Senior county architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly will discuss her new book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 pm. The event, hosted by the Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will be held at the The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD), which was designed by Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon. The event, sponsored by the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office, is free. Ms. Kelly will give a presentation and attendees will have an opportunity to purchase a signed book. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required. Register here for the event.

Montgomery Modern Cover Art

The book’s cover showing the Robert Llewellyn Wright House (1957), Bethesda, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo by Carol Highsmith.

The book provides the historic context for modern architecture in Montgomery County from its first appearance in the 1930s through the 1970s. Richly illustrated with photographs by Carol Highsmith, period photographs and architectural renderings, the book is organized by building types set within four main time periods.  The work includes biographical sketches of practitioners (architects, landscape architects, developers, planners) and an inventory of key projects including buildings and subdivisions.

The publication of the book and the launch party event are part of the Historic Preservation Office’s award-winning Montgomery Modern initiative to educate the public about the architectural heritage of Montgomery County.


Hope to see many of you at the event on Oct. 30.