Peerless Rockville’s 37th Annual Awards

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Nominations for the 37th Annual Peerless Rockville Awards are now open! Award winners will be recognized November 18 at Glenview Mansion.

Peerless is honoring the best of today and looking back to 1966 as we celebrate the 37th Annual Peerless Awards and the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act!

Downtown Rockville in the 60s.

Downtown Rockville in the 60s.

Join us for a night of celebration, music, hors d’oeuvres and beverages as we honor projects of excellence in Rockville.

Follow these links to nominate a project, purchase tickets, sponsor a winner,  donate an item to our silent auction, and see last year’s winners

2015 Winner - The Judicial Annex

2015 Winner – The Judicial Annex was recognized for New Construction, Compatible Addition, Sustainable Design, and Landscape Design



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Mayor and Council Support New Mark Commons Nomination to National Registry of Historic Places


New Mark Commons c. 1970, photo from the Roy Perry Collection, part of Peerless Rockville’s Collections.

On August 1, Rockville Mayor and Council voted unanimously to concur with the Historic District Commission and the Maryland Historic Trust to support listing New Mark Commons in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation, authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. It is is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.

Peerless Rockville strongly supports this nomination as an appropriate and important action recognizing the value of New Mark Commons, particularly for its significance as one of the City’s unique Mid-Century Modern historic resources. Nationally recognized in its own time, New Mark Commons is also a superior example of mid-century architecture and development patterns and represents the physical, social and economic fabric of Montgomery County and Rockville during this period of growth and change.

A “situated modernism” community, New Mark Commons was designed by homebuilder Edmund J. Bennett and the modernist architecture firm Keyes, Lethbridge & Condon to harmoniously integrate the various housing types and community amenities with preserved natural features. The specific design of each home was selected based on which model best fit the natural topography and modern homes were clustered on courts and cul-de-sacs.

New Mark Commons was the first PRU (Planned Residential Unit development) in Rockville and has retained high integrity as a significant modernist community. Peerless Rockville applauds the hard work of the New Mark Commons Homeowners Association and Isabelle Gournay and Mary Corbin Sies of the University of Maryland in initiating and completing the nomination process, including community involvement and notification.

Click here to read the agenda item from the Mayor & Council Meeting.



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Rockville Cemetery: What’s Past is Always Present – A Guided Walk in Rockville Cemetery


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Rockville Cemetery: What’s Past is Always Present
Saturday, September 10, 2016,  9:30 am – 11:30 am.
Rockville Cemetery
1350 Baltimore Rd
Rockville, MD 20851

Discover notable people from the past on a tour guided by historian Eileen McGuckian through beautiful and historic Rockville Cemetery.  Names you see on street signs, schools, book covers, and histories have been inscribed here from the 1750s into the 21st century.  Buried in Rockville Cemetery are generations of famous and lesser-known people….  all notable.  Attitudes about remembrance, grave markers, and burial practices have evolved over the centuries in this colonial, rural, and lawn cemetery.

Co-sponsored by Peerless Rockville and Rockville Cemetery Association, this tour costs $15 for the general public and $10 for Peerless members.  As it is limited to 40 people, please reserve your spot with Peerless Rockville at or 301-762-0096 or through Eventbrite. Contact Peerless for the member coupon code or to become a member. Confirmation will include parking arrangement and starting point.  Wear good walking shoes for paved roads and uneven ground.  Tour will go in sunny weather or light sprinkles; in case of storms, tour is postponed to Sunday morning, at the same time.  For further information, see

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King Farm Farmstead Task Force


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King Farm historic buildings in the 1990s. (Photo by Richard H. Miller)

Peerless Rockville applauds the City of Rockville for convening the King Farm Farmstead Task Force, a group of Rockville citizens and organizations such as Rockville Economic Development, Inc., Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Montgomery, and Peerless Rockville dedicated to determine options for a viable and sustainable use of the historic buildings at King Farm Farmstead Park. Economic Development professionals from the county and the state will round out the Task Force.

King Farm is named after W. Lawson King, who acquired it in 1925.  King subsequently purchased three neighboring farms, which he consolidated into Irvington Farm, a successful dairy business of 430-acres.  At its peak, Irvington Farm boasted the world’s largest Holstein herd and sold cows from its champion stock internationally.  It was also the largest milk producer in the area, much of which was processed by Thompson’s Dairy. The Irvington Farm was designated historic in 2006 and final plans for the development allowed for the protection of approximately 7 acres of farmland including the site of the original dairy farm. This protected group of farm buildings displays the important farming heritage of Rockville and the surrounding community.

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Sesquicentennial 1864 Maryland Slave Emancipation Quilt with Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither.

Wednesday, August 31, 7 pm
Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse
Rockville, MD 20850


Sesquicentennial 1864 Maryland Slave Emancipation Quilt, courtesy the MCAAHC

For the 150th anniversary of emancipation in Maryland, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) commissioned a quilt to visualize the stories of people, places, and events in every Maryland county and Baltimore City before, at the time of, or after the ratification of Article 24. The Sesquicentennial 1864 Maryland Slave Emancipation Quilt, designed by Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither, fiber artist and quilt designer, is currently on display at the Red Brick Courthouse. Peerless Rockville welcomes Dr. Gaither as she shares the stories depicted from all over Maryland and discusses how over 400 people and 20 organizations volunteered more than 6,000 hours to create the quilt. Dr. Gaither encourages guests to celebrate their own personal histories and stories as part of a collective narrative and preserve them in quilt formats to live on as human American stories for generations to come.

Let us know you’re coming through Eventbrite.


Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither


About the artist:  Artist/teacher/activist/art advocate for children, Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither has designed, pieced, and created documentary story quilts since 2000. Gaither’s sense of urgency and passion encourages community members to capture oral histories and memories from the aging storytellers in the community and preserve them in quilt formats to live on as human American stories for generations to come.

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