Reuse Proposal Selected for Mid-Century Silver Spring Library

03/06/2018
By Meagan Baco

Earlier this week, the Silver Spring Historical Society reported that the Montgomery County Government announced the selection of a reuse proposal for the mid-century Silver Spring Public Library.

Preservation Maryland has been tracking this issue since January 2017 and commends the Montgomery County Government for their selection of the adaptive reuse proposal and recognizes the Silver Spring Historical Society for their critical advocacy. 

Rendering from the Gudelsky reuse proposal.

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The Silver Spring Historical Society is thrilled to announce that the Montgomery County Government has announced that our historic 1957 Silver Spring Public Library, 8901 Colesville Road, will be adaptively reused as the Martha B. Gudelsky Child Development Center Inc. with CentroNia.

The Gudelsky proposal is an elegantly designed and light-filled project that incorporates leading Metro D.C. area architect Rhees Evans Burket’s Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired library. The project respects the integrity of the library, its intact green rolling land, and the neighborhood. Silver Spring resident Burket was also a lauded Silver Spring and Montgomery County civic leader.

Davis Carter Scott’s design resonates with the “organic modernism” theme of bringing the outside inside. Its heart and soul is the multi-cultural Child Development Center to be operated by Centronia, experts in child development, and includes community space.

More from Montgomery County Government

Montgomery County has selected the Martha B. Gudelsky Child Development Center (MBGCDC) & CentroNia team to develop the former Silver Spring Library site for use as an early childhood education and development center. The County will enter into a long-term ground lease with MBGCDC.

The County will enter a long-term ground lease with its developer partner to provide an early childhood education and development center at the site of the former Silver Spring Library. The new Silver Spring Library opened on Wayne Avenue in 2015. The building temporarily houses the Friends of the Library Wheaton bookstore while the new Wheaton Library and Recreation Center is under construction.

 

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Meagan Baco · Director of Communications

Meagan Baco shares the stories of the Old Line State’s important history and unique places – and the people working to preserve it, through Preservation Maryland’s website and publications.

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