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August 31, 2017 New Mark Commons

New Mark Commons Makes National Register

As it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, New Mark Commons in Rockville was listed on Aug. 1 in the National Register of Historic Places. A planned community of detached houses and townhouses in Rockville, New Mark Commons was designed by Keyes, Lethbridge & Condon and developed by Edmund J. Bennett between 1967 and 1973. “The development represents the culmination of Bennett’s extensive career in community-building in the suburban Washington, DC region and reflects the influence of the New Towns movement, incorporating open space and recreational amenities such as a clubhouse, pool, and lake,” the National Register submission says. “Buildings share a human scale and common design elements, curvilinear streets link the community’s cul-de-sacs, and pedestrian and bicycle paths meander among mature trees.” The same team was responsible for Carderock Springs in Bethesda, which is also listed on the National Register.

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