Due to unforeseen events, our interest meeting of volunteers for our Spring 2017 tour of historic homes and gardens scheduled for September 21 has been cancelled and rescheduled for October 6 at 7 pm. A tour of historic homes and gardens in Spring 2017 won’t happen without volunteers. We need your help to make this possible! If you would like to participate by opening your historic home or garden and/or serving as a volunteer, the new interest meeting is October 6 at 7 pm.
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.
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 was recognized for New Construction, Compatible Addition, Sustainable Design, and Landscape Design
The Struggle for Educational Opportunity: William Gibbs and the Equalization of Teacher Salaries
Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:00 am
Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse
Presentation by Professor Alonzo Smith
The hard won achievements of advancement in educational equality were accomplished by brave people willing to step forward and take risks. One of these was William Gibbs, Jr, an African-American grade school principal who, with the support of the Rockville black community, filed a court case in 1936. His legal battle to receive the same pay as white teachers was one of Thurgood Marshall’s civil rights cases and started a movement that reverberated throughout Maryland. Come and hear the story of this civil rights pioneer who dared to struggle and win.
RSVP today via Eventbrite.
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.