Modern Living for a Modern City

This spring in a series of illustrated presentations and walking tours, Peerless Rockville welcomes you to re-discover the timeless appeal of several of Rockville’s most loved modern planned neighborhoods. Through these events, residents will learn more about the city’s growth and development as we focus attention on several neighborhoods of Rockville’s recent past.

Free and open to the public, the series will highlight five neighborhood communities from the early postwar housing boom to mid-century planned development to the “new town” movement popular at the end of the century.  The series will culminate in an evening lecture and panel discussion at Rockville City Hall, offering guest lecturers and residents an opportunity to discuss the factors that influenced modern development, the significant elements of each time period and the special features of each community that have contributed to its success and left lasting imprints.

The schedule for the upcoming series:

Building Houses, Creating Community: Joseph Geeraert and Twinbrook, featuring Professor Richard Longstreth of George Washington University, Saturday, March 23, 10 am at the Twinbrook Community Center Annex

Woodley Gardens: A Traditional Red Brick Neighborhood with a Modern Feel, featuring Historian Joan Zenzen, Saturday, April 6, 10 am at the Rockville Senior Center

New Mark Commons: Edmund Bennett’s Mini-New Town and Its Legacy, featuring Professor Isabelle Gournay of University of Maryland, Saturday, April 20 at 10 am at New Mark Commons Clubhouse

Americana Centre: Home-Owning from a Different View, featuring Historian Teresa Lachin, Saturday, April 27, 10 am at the Red Brick Courthouse

Re-Designing Suburbia: Smart Growth in Action at King Farm, featuring Rockville’s Chief of Planning, Jim Wasilak, AICP, Saturday, May 4, 10 am at King Farm Community Center

Modern Living in Rockville:  Panel discussion featuring the speakers and architect Elizabeth Milnarik as moderator on Thursday, May 9, 7:30 pm at Rockville City Hall.

For a sneak preview about the series, watch this Rock11 segment.  More information about each presentation can be viewed on our  events page.

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