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August 25, 2013 Wheaton Youth Center

Film Exploring Zeppelin, Wheaton Rec Center at AFI Aug. 30

The film Led Zeppelin Played Here, which explores the debate about if the legendary band played a show in 1969 at the endangered Wheaton Community Recreation Center, will have a one-time showing at the AFI in Silver Spring on Aug. 30. The Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon-designed Wheaton Community Recreation Center, originally known as the Wheaton Youth Center, served as a venue for bands in the 1960s. The building was mentioned in the 1965 A Guide to The Architecture of Washington, D.C., which was edited by Hugh Newell Jacobsen, FAIA.

Montgomery County is planning to demolish the building and replace it with a new community center. The county’s Historic Preservation Commission will be evaluating the Wheaton Youth Center for potential historic designation on September 11.  The county’s Planning Board review is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 17.

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