Modernist masterpiece in Maryland

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One of my favorite modern buildings in Maryland is the BAE Systems office at 13900 Connecticut Avenue (the official address is Silver Spring, but it’s far from the downtown–it’s really much closer to… Continue reading

Cliff May’s early architectural designs

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Cliff May’s early houses from 1930s were very much based on the nineteenth-century ranch houses he had come to know in his childhood. Generally, May designed his houses as asymmetrical, one-story dwellings with… Continue reading

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