Peerless Rockville is kicking off a series of events this Saturday exploring various communities in Rockville, including the mid-century modern neighborhood of New Mark Commons, whose entrance is marked by the totem pole pictured. The wooded community, a Planned Urban Development, was developed by Edmund J. Bennett and designed by the modern architectural firm of Keyes, Lethbridge and Condon. The series will also explore Twinbrook, Woodley Gardens, Carl M Freeman’s Americana Centre and King Farm.
“Free and open to the public, the series [titled Modern Living for a Modern City] will highlight five neighborhood communities from the early postwar housing boom to mid-century planned development to the ‘new town’ movement popular at the end of the century,” the local preservation group says. “The series will culminate in an evening lecture and panel discussion at Rockville City Hall, offering guest lecturers and residents an opportunity to discuss the factors that influenced modern development, the significant elements of each time period and the special features of each community that have contributed to its success and left lasting imprints.”