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August 21, 2011 Modern Snapshot, Stanley Arthur

Modern Snapshot: Davis Memorial Library in Bethesda

Davis Library

The mid-century modern Davis Memorial Library on Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda sits on what is left of the Davis family farm, once a 400 acre estate called Rock Spring. Designed in the mid-1960s by Bethesda-based modernist architect Stanley Arthur, the sprawling 16,000 square foot library features a side-gabled roof, extended eaves, clerestory windows and variety of brick and stone on the exterior. The extensive use of field stone evokes “the rural heritage of the property,” according to the library’s website. (The library sits just down the street from this church by Charles Goodman.)

Arthur, who passed away in 1999 at the age of 86, designed  a number of area libraries, churches, office buildings and more than 60 schools, including Winston Churchill High School in Potomac and Cabin John and Pyle junior high schools in Bethesda. More to come on Arthur and his mid-century modern work.

Davis Library

The front of the library facing Democracy Boulevard. The large front lawn is a green reminder of the 400 acres Davis farm.

Davis Library

Davis Library

A shot of the right side of the building.

Davis Library

The back of the 16,000 square foot library.

Davis Library

The left side of the library. You can see the mix of exterior materials, including brick, large field stone and panels of smaller stones around the windows.

 

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