Montgomery Modern Book Launch Party, October 30

30 Sep 2015 1:07 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

Celebrate theMontgomery Modern book cover launch of Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979, written by architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly.  The evening will include an illustrated talk by the author, reception, and book signing.

The Montgomery County Planning Department (M-NCPPC) is hosting the launch party on Friday, October 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, Maryland. The event, sponsored by the Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Office, is free.  RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

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Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979

by Clare Lise Kelly (M-NCPPC, 2015)

This book is a chronicle of modern architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland from its first appearance in the 1930s through the 1970s. Located outside the nation’s capital, Montgomery County experienced a great postwar building boom, benefitting from access to federal jobs and a rolling, often rugged landscape.  Modern designers include Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer and Charles Moore as well as skilled local practitioners of Charles M. Goodman and Keyes, Lethbridge & Condon.  Award-winning projects featured in the book range from custom homes to modern tract houses, from corporate campuses to roadside businesses.  Richly illustrated with current photographs of Carol Highsmith and archival views by Robert Lautman, the publication includes biographical sketches of practitioners (architects, landscape architects, developers, planners) and an inventory of key buildings and subdivisions.  Montgomery Modern informs the reader about the significance of modern architecture and the fragile nature of the built environment from the recent past.

Clare Lise Kelly is senior architectural historian for M-NCPPC Montgomery County Planning Department. She is the recipient of the AIA Kea Medal (Potomac Valley Chapter) and the the author of Places from the Past, a history of the built environment of Montgomery County which won the Maryland Historical Trust Heritage Education award.  She has a B.S. in Design & Environmental Analysis from Cornell University, and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont, and is a board member of Docomomo-DC. She established the M-NCPPC Montgomery Modern initiative to raise awareness of mid-century modern architecture, earning education awards from the Maryland Historical Trust and Montgomery Preservation, Inc.

Carol Highsmith has been called America’s Photographer, having made a career documenting the nation’s built environment, focusing on its fragile and disappearing architectural heritage. Her photographs are housed in a permanent collection in the Archives of the Library of Congress.

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