“Modern Living” Series returns this Spring

The postwar era population boom created lasting communities in Rockville. This spring, Peerless Rockville invites the public to learn more about this recent period of the City’s development as it continues its popular “Modern Living for a Modern City” series. Through illustrated presentations and guided walks, Peerless Rockville offers a glance into the histories of Rockshire and Lincoln Park, as well as car culture on Rockville Pike.

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Saturday, April 11, 12-2
Lincoln Park: Challenges, Changes, & Conservation
at the Lincoln Park Community Center
featuring former Rockville Preservation Planner Judy Christensen

Saturday, April 25, 10-12
On the Go: Rockville Pike and Car Culture
At the Rockville Senior Center
featuring historian Terry Lachin

Saturday, May 16, 10-12
Rockshire: Environmental Planning in Suburbia
at the Rockshire Community Center
featuring former City Preservation Planner Robin D. Ziek

Click Here For Details, Times, and Locations

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Montgomery Preservation Award

Peerless Rockville is excited to announce that we are the recipients of a Special Achievement Award for our heritage education programs and events from Montgomery Preservation. Please join us this Friday, March 27th, at the Montgomery County Awards for Historic Preservation to celebrate excellence in historic preservation in Montgomery County.

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Montgomery County History Day Needs Judges

NatlhistdayThe Montgomery County Historical Society is looking for judges for Montgomery County History Day on March 14th at Richard Montgomery High School. Students do research on a historical topic, then create a presentation in one of five formats (paper, exhibit, documentary, performance, or website), and receive feedback from judges that helps them learn and improve. The theme for 2015 is “Leadership and Legacy.”

Students competing at the county level have the opportunity to qualify for state and national competition. No prior experience is necessary to be a judge, all training and information will be provided.

To apply to be a judge, fill out this Form and return it to Amanda M. Elliott at Education@montgomeryhistory.org. Questions or concerns can also be taken at 301-340-2825.

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Montgomery County Council Renovation Plans Halted

The Montgomery County Council has set aside the renovation plans involving Rockville’s Historic Courthouse Square District. Thank you to all who contacted them with concerns. Your comments let them know that Rockville values its heritage and expects thoughtfulness in all decisions concerning these buildings.  Peerless Rockville will stay on top of this matter and keep you informed of any future plans for these landmark buildings.

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The Grey Courthouse under construction in the 1930s; 1891 Red Brick Courthouse in background.

We hope to see the Grey Courthouse returned to active use, soon. As an important and centrally-located part of Rockville’s identity, we support adaptive reuse of this building, be it as a center of local government or another civic or community purpose. Together, the 1891 Red Brick Courthouse, the 1931 Grey Courthouse and the 1961 modernist Courthouse addition eloquently represent the legal system in  Montgomery County and more than a half a century of profound changes in American architectural styles. They are an important part of downtown Rockville’s landscape and should be preserved and protected in any consideration of future use.

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Director David Dise, Montgomery County Department of General Services, to attend tonight’s Mayor and Council Meeting

Today, March 2nd, Department of General Services Director David Dise will be present at 7:40pm, at the Mayor and Council Meeting. He will hear questions on the Montgomery County Council proposal to renovate the Grey Courthouse in Courthouse Square, Rockville.

The Grey Courthouse under construction in the 1930s.

This proposal involves a possible renovation of the 1931 Grey Courthouse, demolition of the 1960s wing which fronts South Washington Street, and a new addition to the rear elevation facing Jefferson Street. While Peerless Rockville supports reuse of the Grey Courthouse, the current proposal threatens the historic character and integrity of these buildings and this important block in downtown Rockville.

Read Peerless Rockville’s letter to the County Council.

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