ROCKVILLE, MD: Peerless Rockville's Recent Past

A series of events about Peerless Rockville's Recent Past are happening in this DC suburb in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The Recent Past refers to the middle decades of the 20th century, an era that shaped Rockville as we know it today. Many buildings of the recent past have reached the awkward age of being too old to be regarded as daring or innovative and too young to have achieved the status of a cherished landmark. This year, Peerless Rockville offers a slate of programs that explores the architecture of Rockville's Recent Past and the complex, sometimes contentious issues involved in documenting, understanding, and preserving a critical period in local, regional, and national history.

Wednesday, January 25: Rockville in the 1950s: an illustrated talk by Eileen McGuckian, author of Rockville: Portrait of a City, and introduction to Rockville's Recent Past survey. 7:30 p.m. at Maryvale Elementary School, 1000 First Street, Rockville, MD

Wednesday, March 8: Modernism in Rockville: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Join us for a lively community discussion of local modern architecture of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Featured topics include the styles, influences, and characteristics of modernism in Rockville and a survey of noteworthy - sometimes controversial -- buildings and projects.

Wednesday, June 14: Architects of Rockville's Recent Past Co-sponsored by Potomac Valley Chapter, AIA July: Tour of Public Architecture, with emphasis on Rockville's Recent Past In Rockville Town Center, starting at the Red Brick Courthouse

September: Twinbrook, a Recent Past residential subdivision (talk and tour), co-sponsored by Twinbrook Citizens Association

Saturday, October 7 or 28: Colloquium on Rockville's Recent Past, co-sponsored by Preservation Maryland and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

This educational series is produced by Peerless Rockville, co-sponsored by the Rockville Historic District Commission, and funded in part by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

The series sponsors -- Peerless Rockville and the City of Rockville HDC --seek presenters, planners, and suggestions for speakers/presenters for these programs. Please contact Eileen McGuckian at 301-762-0096 or director@peerlessrockville.org ASAP with your information and ideas.

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