In my post yesterday, I introduced you to Preservation Month and our list of Montgomery County’s historic gems. Hopefully you have had a chance to peruse the list, and maybe make plans to visit some of the places on the list.
There are great activities taking place across the county during Preservation Month. Two of the events tomorrow, May 12, are related to historic resources included in our list of thirty-one gems: a lecture for those interested in Mid-Century Modern architecture and a guided tour of historic quarries along the Potomac.
The Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Isabelle Gournay, a University of Maryland professor, called “WTOP and Beyond: Modern Architecture and Wheaton.” The lecture will take place at the Wheaton Regional Library from 2-4 p.m. The WTOP Building in Wheaton was constructed in 1939 in the International style to the design of Washington architect E. Burton Corning. The building is a historic site, having been added to Montgomery County’s Master Plan for Historic Preservation. The building is gem #31 on our Preservation Month list.
The Historic Medley District is offering a guided tour of the historic Seneca Quarries, which were in operation from the 1790s through the beginning of the twentieth century and provided stone to the US Capitol, Smithsonian Castle, and Washington Aqueduct, among other notable structures in the Washington area. The tour, led by Dr. Robert Kapsch, an engineer and former Senior Scholar with the National Park Service, leaves from Riley’s Lockhouse/Seneca Aqueduct, River Road in Poolseville at 10 a.m. (information: call 301.972.8588). The Seneca Quarry, a Master Plan for Historic Preservation-listed historic site, is partially located within the Seneca Historic District, 3800 acres of agricultural and park land with numerous historic structures and landscapes, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Seneca Historic District is gem #21 on our Preservation Month list.
Nearby is the Seneca Stone Schoolhouse, constructed in 1865 of locally quarried stone. The schoolhouse, gem #22 on our list, is within the Seneca National Register District and is identified in the Locational Atlas and Index of Historic Sites in Montgomery County, Maryland.