Saturday, August 6, at the Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station
Public Open House 10 am to 3 pm
Exhibit, Talk, & Tour:
“Early Women of Architecture in Maryland”
Talk at Noon, followed by short walk to Ficken's American Instrument Co. building, with stop for Moorenko's Ice Cream (3-Story Building at Left of Photo!)
Women have been practicing architecture professionally in Maryland for over 80 years, yet little is known about their lives or their contributions to the profession. The Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) of AIABaltimore, in collaboration with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Morgan State University, has embarked on a project to assemble the stories of these early women who contributed to architecture in Maryland.
Katherine Cutler Ficken, circa 1950 (Sidney Bayne Photography)
Featured in this exhibit are 12 female architects, including Katherine Cutler Ficken (Silver Spring resident and first female architect registered in Maryland, 1936), Rose Isabel Greely (first licensed female architect in Washington, DC, 1926), Chloethiel Woodard Smith (well-known 1950s-1990s with buildings in Rockville and Bethesda), and Shirley Kerr Kennard (Chevy Chase resident, designed projects in Bethesda and Chevy Chase).
Exhibit Curator Jillian Storms, AIA, will present an exhibit talk at the B&O Station at Noon, then lead a tour of nearby Ficken-designed buildings.
Public Open House 10 am to 3 pm
At the historic Silver Spring B&O Railroad Station, 8100 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. Celebrate summer in a friendly local landmark with trains, decorations, music, refreshments, and history! Free open house on the first Saturday of every month, January-December (weather permitting), except July. Montgomery Preservation and Silver Spring Historical Society co-sponsor this family-friendly event to introduce the community to this historic building. Enjoy HO scale model railroad display, railroad photos, arts and crafts, and the perfect location for train spotting! Free refreshments are provided. Limited on-site parking is available.
Historic rails removed to make way for Progress Place
MPI's tracks on County property just north of the Silver Spring Railroad Station were carefully pulled up June 28-30 by construction crews. The rails, laid by the B&O c.1910s for a freight spur line to run across Georgia Avenue ending at Griffith & Perry grain storage facility, were discovered in 2006 during construction of the new Fire Station and saved for interpretation. They will be relocated closer to the Station as melding of old and new Silver Spring continues. Photo by Jerry McCoy.
Heritage Days 2016
Bikers prepare to follow SSHS president Jerry McCoy to some of Silver Spring's most historic places.... Acorn Park, 1945 Canada Dry bottling plant, 1945 B&O Station & underpass, and the1927 National Institute of Cleaning and Dyeing, and ended at the 1850 Moorings mansion in Jesup Blair Park for a picnic under ancient oak trees. In the afternoon, lots of kids brought their parents to enjoy working train displays by Riverdale & Rockville Model Railroaders Clubs. Photo by Wendy Woodland.
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