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Montgomery County Planning Board Rejects Historic Designation for NRMCA Building

On October 10, the Montgomery County Planning Board rejected historic designation for the NRMCA and NSGA Headquarters Building in Silver Spring, MD, by a vote of 5-0, according to Mike Diegel for Source of the Spring. This disappointing decision comes despite Docomomo DC's advocacy for historic designation as well as a Historic Preservation Commission staff recommendation [PDF] for listing the NRMCA/NSGA Headquarters in the Locational Atlas and Index of Historic Sites. Rebeccah Ballo, historic preservation supervisor in the Planning Department, is quoted in Diegel's article: “The Planning Board didn’t feel that the property met the designation criteria that the Historic Preservation staff an

Docomomo DC Supports Designation of NSGA and NRMCA Headquarters

In late September, Docomomo DC sent a letter to the the Historic Preservation ProgramMontgomery County Planning Department, urging support for the historic designation of the National Sand & Gravel Association (NSGA) and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. Located at 900 Spring Street in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, the NSGA and NRMCA Building has recently been listed for demolition, which Docomomo DC opposes. Below are excerpts from that letter, outlining Docomomo DC's support for historic designation: The NSGA and NRMCA Headquarters is an outstanding example of brutalist architecture in the county and region. “Brutalism” takes its name

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