September 15, 2014 Charles Goodman

Montgomery Modern Bike Tour of Goodmans – Oct. 11

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The Montgomery County Department of Planning’s Historic Preservation Office is partnering with the Potomac Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects to sponsor a bike tour of mid-century modern architecture from 10 am-2:30 pm on Oct. 11. The route will follow the Rock Creek Park trail through entire subdivisions of contemporary homes designed in the 1950s. The bike tour is part of the Docomomo Tour Day event sponsored by Docomomo-DC.

The tour will visit houses in the Charles Goodman-designed neighborhoods of Hammond Hill (pictured above) and Hammond Wood and hear from local architects Michael Cook, AIA, of Cook Architecture and Janet Bloomberg, AIA, of Kube Architecture, who live in the neighborhoods. In addition, the tour will go through nearby Rock Creek Woods, which was also designed by Goodman, FAIA.

North Chevy Chase Christian Church

Bikers will have a box lunch at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church (pictured above), followed by a tour of the modernist gem by Bethesda architect John Samperton, AIA, known for his design of Gallaudet and Catholic University buildings.  Also on the tour is Samperton’s pristine North Chevy Chase Pool Bathhouse.

The purpose of the tour is to heighten awareness of mid-century modern design in Montgomery County and the preservation challenges now facing owners of buildings dating from the post-World War II decades. The works of two leading architects and their approaches to 1950s modernism will be discussed as well as ways of renovating and expanding mid-century designs now considered historic.

The event is part of the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative to educate the public about the architectural heritage of Montgomery County. This preservation program includes the agency’s research and writing of a new book, Montgomery Modern, on the wealth of mid-century modern architecture in the county. The book is scheduled for publication in Fall 2015.  Learn more about Montgomery Modern here.

Interested tour participants are required to bring their own bicycles and wear helmets. The tour will start at the Newport Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Road, Kensington, Maryland.  Bikers must be willing to pedal at a slow to moderate pace, and travel up and down hilly streets with some traffic possible during the 13.5-mile tour, which includes the 6 mile ride from the end of the tour back to the starting point.

The tour costs $30 for the public ($20 for AIA and Docomomo members) and includes lunch and interior visits.  For more information and to register, please click here.