Postcard for Downtown Rockville

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Big beige boxes define the skyline of downtown Rockville, the result of urban renewal. Starting in the 1960s, the City hoped to revitalize its downtown by realigning sreets, relocating 165 businesses, demolishing 111… Continue reading

A Modern Building for a Modern Woman

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In 1964, the Rockville, Maryland community proudly conducted their business at the new Suburban Trust building (now the Bank of America). Designed by Arthur L. Anderson and sited in a prominent location at… Continue reading

Chimney Pots on Cliff May Houses

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The chimneys on Cliff May’s hacienda-style houses sprouted pots in the 1930s, reminiscent of the ones found at the Indian Pueblos of New Mexico. In Spain, the chimneys are typically capped with a… Continue reading

Cliff May’s second house: Lindstrom 1933

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May built his second house in 1933 with financial backing from a local grading contractor, O. U. Miracle. The house sold for $9,500 to Captain William Lindstrom. A year later, Architectural Digest featured… Continue reading

Cliff May’s colorful tile doorbells

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Recognizing an early Cliff May house is sometimes difficult but a good clue is a colorful tile doorbell at the front door. Although the patterns vary, they are similar to the decorative floor… Continue reading