|Mike the cameraman films the group in front of the 1922 Silver Spring National Bank, |
scene of our community's first bank robbery. Photo by Barbara Grunbaum.
The walk was held in association with the Montgomery County Historical Society and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County as part of the dual exhibits Between Fences and Good Neighbors: Fences in Montgomery County, currently on display at the Silver Spring Civic Building thru April 30, 2011. Between Fences is a traveling exhibit organized by the Smithsonian Institution and is well worth seeing, as is Good Neighbors, organized by the MCHS.
For me the tour was reaffirming after last Monday's depressing loss before the Historic Preservation Commission of the Silver Spring Historical Society's nomination of the 1956 First Baptist Church of Silver Spring. It was nice to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who believe that it is important to preserve Silver Spring's history. They were engaged, interested, and asked questions about the many buildings that I profiled, including the ones that were no longer extant. Sadly, some of these lost structures were standing when I first began to offer these tours over ten years ago.
|"If you've got a camera, take a photo of this church while it's still here!"|
Photo by Barbara Grunbaum.
|A "Currier & Ives" view of the First Baptist Church of Silver Spring.|
Photo by Jerry A. McCoy.
|Tour participant looks a photos of the 1927 Silver Spring Armory, a designated historic |
structure destroyed by Montgomery County in 1998 for construction of a parking garage.
A piece of the armory is in the background. Photo by Barbara Grunbaum.
|The tour concluded at Silver Spring's restored 1945 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station.|
Open for free tours the first Saturday of each month, a new attraction at the station is the
installation of a large model railroad display...swamped by kids! Photo by Barbara Grunbaum.