Mid-Century Modern fans might be surprised to learn that there are many examples of the vernacular in the DC area. In Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, author and local architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly documents these enduring mid-century relics, from office towers and high rises to storefronts and tract homes, that reflect post-War optimism and materials of the Atomic Age. Published by the Montgomery County Planning Department, the 2015 book also chronicles the architects, landscape architects, planners and developers behind these designs.
On October 8, a Montgomery Modern bus tour will visit Potomac homes from this era, along with the mid-century Charles E. Smith campus in Rockville. And on October 16, the author will speak at George Washington University Museum. montgomeryplanning.org/planning/historic/montgomery-modern/