March 20, 2017 Mid-Century Modern

MoCo Modern Exhibit Runs Through April

An exhibit highlighting the mid-century modern architecture of Montgomery County has opened and runs through April. Montgomery Modern, an exhibit on mid-20th-century buildings and neighborhoods based on the 2015 book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, written by Clare Lise Kelly, a preservation planner and an architectural historian with the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office.

“Montgomery Modern reflects Clare’s commitment and passion for preserving the recent past. The exhibit provides a good overview of mid-century modern design in Montgomery County,” said Planning Director Gwen Wright. “It is part of our dedicated and broader efforts to raise awareness about this important era in our County’s history and preserve its legacy.”

The exhibit is located in the atrium of the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) and is publicly accessible from the entrance lobby next to Royce Hanson Park. It can be viewed during office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

“The post-World War II era has been little understood and the exhibit helps to raise awareness about the value of buildings from this time period,” said Clare Lise Kelly, who conceived and organized the exhibit.

Copies of the Montgomery Modern book can be purchased online: a hard cover copy costs $65 and a paperback costs $55.Biographical sketches of practitioners (architects, landscape architects, developers, planners) are included, as well as an inventory of key projects, including buildings and subdivisions, such as Rock Creek Woods by Charles M. Goodman (pictured above). Montgomery Modern is intended to raise awareness about the significance of modern architecture and the fragile nature of the built environment from the recent past.