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Sep 6 16

Planning Department’s Montgomery Modern Book Wins Award

by Christopher Peifer

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Book honored with first place in illustrated text category of 2016 Washington Publishers Book Design and Effectiveness Competition

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has won first place for its book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, in the illustrated text (small to medium nonprofit) category of the Washington Publishers’ 2016 Book Design and Effectiveness Competition.

The 250-page, well-illustrated book is written by Clare Lise Kelly, a preservation planner and an architectural historian with the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office. It includes an inventory of key midcentury modern buildings and communities, and biographical sketches of the architects and developers who created them. The book was designed by Robert L. Wiser and edited by Nicole Diehlmann, and includes the color photography of Carol M. Highsmith.

The Washington Publishers Book Design and Effectiveness Competition recognizes excellence in bookmaking across the greater Washington, DC book publishing community. The competition’s judges evaluate the excellence of each book’s design and effectiveness in achieving the publisher’s goals, meeting the readers’ needs and reaching its market. Prizes are awarded in 15 categories, five designs for each of the three publisher categories – plus best of show.

The Planning Department will receive the award at a ceremony being held on Friday, September 23 at the Resource and Conservation Building in Washington, DC.

For more on the Department’s Montgomery Modern program and for information on how to purchase Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, consult our web site.

Sep 2 16

Planning Department Co-Sponsors October 8 Bus Tour of Modern Homes and Buildings Designed by Architects Deigert and Yerkes

by Christopher Peifer

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Itinerary includes houses in the Tulip Hill and Oak Spring neighborhoods, The Primary Day School and Cedar Lane Unitarian Church

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is co-sponsoring a bus tour of midcentury modern houses and buildings in the County on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is being organized with Docomomo-DC and the Potomac Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects as part of Docomomo-United States’ national tour day, titled “Modernism in Your Backyard.”

The tour will be led by preservation planner and architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly, who is the author of the Planning Department’s award-winning book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979.

The bus tour will explore the Montgomery County work of Deigert and Yerkes, a leading modernist architecture firm in the Washington, DC area, best known for the National Arboretum Administration Building The partnership of Robert Campbell Deigert and David Norton Yerkes, which operated from 1947 to 1967, created distinctive designs characterized by their variety in materials and textures, surprising angles and contrasting spaces.

On the itinerary are the rustic modern houses of Tulip Hill (1950-55) and Oak Spring (1966), lunch at The Primary Day School (1955) and a concluding reception at Pietro Belluschi’s Cedar Lane Unitarian Church (1958). Bus pickup and drop-off is at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Kiss and Ride.

Tickets for the tour cost $50 per person and $40 for members of Potomac Valley chapter of AIA and Docomomo-DC. They can be purchased here.

Learn more about the Planning Department’s Montgomery Modern programs.

Apr 1 16

Montgomery Modern Book Wins Award from County Preservation Group

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Montgomery Preservation Inc. honors book that documents County’s mid-20th-century architecture and neighborhoods for demonstrating excellence in heritage education

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce that its book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, has been honored with a 2015 Montgomery County Award for Historic Preservation.  The award was presented by Montgomery Preservation Inc. for demonstrating excellence in heritage education at a ceremony at the Sandy Spring Museum on March 25, 2016.

The 250-page, well-illustrated book is written by Clare Lise Kelly, a preservation planner and an architectural historian with the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office. The book includes an inventory of key buildings and communities, and biographical sketches of architects and developers.

Montgomery Modern is surely destined to become an invaluable reference guide to modernist design, planning, construction and – hopefully – preservation of Montgomery County’s mid-century heritage,” said Jerry McCoy, president of the Silver Spring Historical Society, at the award ceremony. “One hopes this book will rekindle popular appreciation for modernism and help raise awareness of the value of modern resources, and to ensure that this significant part of our architectural heritage will remain for the benefit of generations to come.”

About Montgomery Modern

The publication of Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979 is part of the Historic Preservation Office’s award-winning Montgomery Modern initiative to educate the public about the architectural heritage of Montgomery County. This preservation program has included a bus tour, bike tour and other outreach events dedicated to the wealth of mid-century modern architecture in the County. Learn more about the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative.
Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, written by M-NCPPC senior architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly, provides the historic context for modern architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, from its first appearance in the 1930s through the 1970s. Richly illustrated with images by DC photographer Carol Highsmith, period photographs and architectural renderings, the book is organized by building types set within four main time periods.

Biographical sketches of practitioners (architects, landscape architects, developers, planners) are included, as well as an inventory of key projects, including buildings and subdivisions. 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.

Jan 14 16

Events Celebrate New Planning Department Book on Midcentury Modern Architecture in Montgomery County

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Award-winning author Clare Lise Kelly will speak about County’s significant midcentury modern buildings and neighborhoods at book-signings in Germantown, Silver Spring, Glen Echo and other locations

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is celebrating its new book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, with a series of author talks and book-signing events. The 250-page, well-illustrated book is written by Clare Lise Kelly, a preservation planner and an architectural historian with the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office. The book includes an inventory of key buildings and communities, and biographical sketches of architects and developers.

“I’ve been researching historic sites for 25 years now and advocating for their preservation, and Montgomery County has one of the strongest preservation programs in the country,” says author Kelly.  “The post-war era is a time period that has been little understood and we are raising awareness about the value of buildings in this time period.” For her architectural advocacy, the American Institute of Architects’ Potomac Valley Chapter honored Kelly with its 2015 Paul H. Kea medal.

The upcoming talks and book-signing events will be held as follows:

-January 30, 10:45 a.m.: Montgomery County History Conference, Montgomery College, Germantown Info
-February 6, 3 p.m.: 
 Montgomery Preservation Inc./Silver Spring Historical Society, B&O Train Station, Silver Spring Info
-February 17, 6:30 p.m.:
 Society of Architectural Historians, Latrobe Chapter; The First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G Street, NW, Washington, DC Info
-March 5, 1 p.m.: 
Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture, Glen Echo Park Info
-April 15, 6:30 p.m.
:  Sandy Spring Museum Info

Copies of the book can also be purchased online: a hard cover copy costs $65 and a paperback costs $55.

About Montgomery Modern
The publication of Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979 and the book signing 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. This preservation program has included a bus tour, bike tour and other outreach events dedicated to the wealth of midcentury modern architecture in the County. Learn more about the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative.

Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, written by M-NCPPC senior architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly, provides the historic context for modern architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, from its first appearance in the 1930s through the 1970s. Richly illustrated with images by DC photographer Carol Highsmith, period photographs and architectural renderings, the book is organized by building types set within four main time periods.

Biographical sketches of practitioners (architects, landscape architects, developers, planners) are included, as well as an inventory of key projects, including buildings and subdivisions. 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.

View the video from the Montgomery Modern Book Launch on October 30, 2015.

View the video featuring Clare Kelly’s Kea Award.

View the promotional video about the Montgomery Modern Initiative.

Nov 3 15

Book on Midcentury Modern Architecture in Montgomery County Unveiled at Writer’s Center on October 30

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Hardcover and paperback books documenting County’s mid-20th-century landmarks and neighborhoods can be purchased online

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, hosted a launch party for the new book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, on Friday, October 30 at The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD). The 250-page, well-illustrated book is written by Clare Lise Kelly, a preservation planner and an architectural historian with the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office.

Montgomery Modern reflects Clare’s commitment and passion for preserving the recent past. The book features significant landmarks from the period – with plenty of photos – as well as biographies of the architects responsible for them,” said Planning Director Gwen Wright. “We are dedicated to raising awareness about this era in our County’s history and in historic preservation.”

About 100 people attended the book launch event, which was sponsored by the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office. Kelly spoke about her research and writing about the County’s midcentury modern architecture and signed copies of the book.

A video recap of the event is posted online.

“I’ve been researching historic sites for 25 years now and advocating for their preservation, and Montgomery County has one of the strongest preservation programs in the country,” said author Kelly.  “The post-war era is a time period that has been little understood and we are raising awareness about the value of buildings in this time period.”

Copies of the book can also be purchased online: a hard cover copy costs $65 and a paperback costs $55.

About Montgomery Modern
The publication of Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979 and the book signing 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. This preservation program has included a bus tour, bike tour and other outreach events dedicated to the wealth of mid-century modern architecture in the County. Learn more about the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative.

Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, written by M-NCPPC senior architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly, provides the historic context for modern architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, from its first appearance in the 1930s through the 1970s. Richly illustrated with images by DC photographer Carol Highsmith, period photographs and architectural renderings, the book is organized by building types set within four main time periods.

Biographical sketches of practitioners (architects, landscape architects, developers, planners) are included, as well as an inventory of key projects, including buildings and subdivisions. 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.

Oct 23 15

Montgomery Modern Book to be Launched at Writer’s Center on October 30

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to meet author Clare Lise Kelly to learn about the County’s mid-20th-century landmarks and purchase book

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a launch party for the new book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, on Friday, October 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD).

The event, sponsored by the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office, is free. Kelly will give a presentation about the County’s midcentury modern architecture and attendees will have an opportunity to purchase a signed book. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

Register for the Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party on October 30. Please note space is limited.

Copies of the book can also be purchased online: a hard cover copy and a paperback.

Also available for purchase is Places from the Past, an illustrated book about Montgomery County’s most historic neighborhoods and landmarks. A 10th anniversary edition copy and a limited edition copy of the book with a fold-out map can be bought online or at the launch party for $35 each.

About Montgomery Modern

The publication of Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979 and the book signing 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. This preservation program has included a bus tour, bike tour and other outreach events dedicated to the wealth of mid-century modern architecture in the County. Learn more about the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative.

Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, written by MNCPPC senior architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly, provides the historic context for modern architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 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.

Biographical sketches of practitioners (architects, landscape architects, developers, planners) are included, as well as an inventory of key projects, including buildings and subdivisions. 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.
Carol Highsmith has been called “America’s Photographer,” having made a career documenting the nation’s built environment, focusing on its fragile and disappearing architectural heritage. Her photographs are housed in a permanent collection at the Library of Congress.

Questions or comments?
Contact Clare Lise Kelly, Research and Designation Coordinator for the Historic Preservation Office

Clare.Kelly@montgomeryplanning.org

Sep 18 15

American Institute of Architects Honors M-NCPPC’s Clare Lise Kelly with Kea Medal for her Advocacy of Montgomery County’s Modern Heritage

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Author of new book on mid-20th century architecture wins highest honor from Potomac Valley chapter of AIA

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce that staff senior architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly is this year’s recipient of the Paul H. Kea Medal from the Potomac Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She is being recognized for making a significant and exemplary contribution to the profession through her architectural advocacy.

Kelly serves as Research and Designation Coordinator for the Historic Preservation Office of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, to be published in October 2015.

The Kea Medal will be given to Kelly at Celebrate Design on Thursday, October 22 at the Silver Spring Civic Building. At the event, to be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the Planning Department will present its first annual Design Excellence Award for top-quality architecture in Montgomery County and the AIA will also announce its chapter awards.

About the Kea Medal
The Kea Medal is named for Hyattsville, MD architect Paul. H. Kea (1886-1968), who founded the firm Kea, Shaw, Grimm & Crichton, a precursor to today’s Grimm + Parker Architects. His firm built numerous banks, churches, schools and commercial buildings.

A founding member of AIA Potomac Valley, Kea served as president of the Maryland Society of Architects and became a Fellow of the AIA in 1960. He served as President of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce and served on numerous church committees and community boards. He took a strong interest in architectural education and funded a distinguished professorship at the University of Maryland.

The Kea Medal recognizes architects and non-architects who have made a significant contribution to the design professions through a body of work or a single contribution of great scope. Recipients may be cited for service to the profession; leadership; or advocacy that has furthered the public’s awareness or appreciation of design excellence.

About Clare Lise Kelly
Clare Lise Kelly works as a senior architectural historian at the M-NCPPC Montgomery County Planning Department, which she joined in 1990. She earned a bachelor of science degree in design and environmental analysis from Cornell University and a master of science degree in historic preservation from the University of Vermont. Researching and documenting Montgomery County’s historic sites led her to write Places from the Past: The Tradition of Gardez Bien in Montgomery County, a book that won a Maryland Trust Heritage Education Award.

In 2013, Kelly received the Montgomery Prize, the highest honor awarded by Montgomery Preservation, Inc. She established the M-NCPPC Montgomery Modern initiative that year to raise awareness of mid-20th-century modern architecture in the County. Her work with the Potomac Valley chapter of the AIA in organizing several popular public events on this topic earned education awards from the Maryland Historical Trust and Montgomery Preservation, Inc.

Kelly’s new book, Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, will be published in October 2015. The Planning Department is hosting a book launch party for the publication on Friday, October 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD).

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. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

Register to attend the Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party.

Learn more about the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative.

Montgomery Modern may be purchased during the Launch Party and will soon be available by accessing Lulu.com, the on-demand publishing service used for this publication.

View a short video interview with Ms. Kelly about the Montgomery Modern initiative and upcoming book launch on October 30.

Aug 27 15

Attend the Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party – Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited to The Writer’s Center in Bethesda to hear from author Clare Lise Kelly and learn about the County’s mid-century neighborhoods and landmarks 

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a book launch party for the new book entitled Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979 on Friday, October 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD).

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 to attend the Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party.

Details:
Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party
sponsored by the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office
Friday, October 30, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
At The Writer’s Center located in Bethesda, MD (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD).

The publication of Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979 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. This preservation program has included a bus tour, bike tour and other outreach events dedicated to the wealth of mid-century modern architecture in the county. Learn more about the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative.

Montgomery Modern may be purchased during the Launch Party and will soon be available by accessing Lulu.com, the on-demand publishing service used for this publication.

About the Book:
Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979 by Clare Lise Kelly

This book, written by MNCPPC senior architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly, provides the historic context for modern architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 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.  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.

Carol Highsmith, has been called “America’s Photographer,” having made a career documenting the nation’s built environment, focusing on its fragile and disappearing architectural heritage. Her photographs are housed in a permanent collection at the Library of Congress.

Questions or comments?
Contact Clare Lise Kelly, Research and Designation Coordinator for the Historic Preservation Office
Clare.Kelly@montgomeryplannig.org

Mar 27 15

Montgomery Modern Program Wins Award from Maryland Historical Trust

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office honored for raising community appreciation of County’s midcentury modern architecture and design

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Historic Preservation Office of the Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has been honored with the Excellence in Community Engagement Award from the Maryland Historical Trust. The award was announced at the 2015 Maryland Preservation Awards ceremony, hosted by the Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees and held on Thursday, March 27 at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis.

This accolade recognizes the success of the Montgomery Modern program, launched by the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office in 2013 to raise awareness of the County’s remarkable legacy of mid-20th-century architecture and design. The educational and outreach initiative has included bus and bike tours of mid-20th-century modern neighborhoods and buildings, and an interactive website. A book documenting the County’s midcentury structures is now being researched and written by staff architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly.

“This is a tremendous honor for the Planning Department in recognizing our efforts to educate and inform the public about some of our most under-appreciated historical resources,” says Gwen Wright, Planning Director. “Montgomery County has a great legacy of midcentury modern architecture that needs to be better understood, celebrated and preserved.”

View the Maryland Department of Planning Maryland Historical Trust press release announcing the the programs and people recognized at the 40th Maryland Preservation Awards.

Learn more about the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office.

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Ride the Montgomery Modern Bike Tour – Oct. 11, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Community invited by Montgomery Planning to pedal around mid-century neighborhoods and landmarks

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a bike tour of mid-century modern architecture. The route will follow the Rock Creek Park trail through entire subdivisions of contemporary homes designed in the 1950s.

The tour is sponsored by the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office and the Potomac Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Register for the Montgomery Modern Bike Tour.

The morning tour visits houses in neighborhoods of Hammond Hill and Hammond Wood, and leads through Rock Creek Woods, all designed by architect Charles Goodman, FAIA. Goodman, who designed the Hollin Hills subdivision in Alexandria, was Washington’s foremost modernist architect working in single-family housing in the 1950s.

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

Details:
Montgomery Modern Bike Tour
sponsored by the Montgomery County Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office and the Potomac Valley chapter of AIA
October 11, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tour mid-century neighborhoods in Montgomery County on two wheels: $30 for the public ($20 for AIA and Docomomo members) and includes lunch and interior visits.

Learn more about the Montgomery Modern Bike Tour

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 the Historic Preservation Office’s Montgomery Modern initiative.

The bike tour is part of the Docomomo Tour Day event sponsored by Docomomo-DC. This non-profit is dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement (Docomomo) and is part of an international organization founded in 1988 by two Dutch architects.

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 20895.

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.