Housing in Greenbelt: Beyond the New Deal Legacy

Apartment building in Greenbelt, Maryland, circa 1947. Greenbelt Museum Collection

Join FOGM for our next lecture, Housing in Greenbelt: Beyond the New Deal Legacy, April 17, 2012 at 7:3opm, to be given by Greenbelt scholars and University of Maryland professors, Mary Corbin Sies and Isabelle Gournay. The lecture will take place at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

At 75, Greenbelt’s original brick and block townhouses and garden apartments have withstood the test of time.   Expanding trom this crescent-shaped nucleus, the city ‘s residential landscape offers at present  a wide array of  desirable housing options.  Ranging in size from the compact Parkbelt homes on Forestway to the Charlestowne North’s “tower in the park” overlooking Greenbelt Lake, from the cluster of cooperatively built homes on Woodland Hills to Greenbelt West’s  Spring Hill Lake/Lenox Park complex,  these diverse residential  typologies have taken their cue from Greenbelt’s original housing cluster by offering greater planning and landscape amenities than is standard for suburban development.  This talk by two University of Maryland and Greenbelt Museum volunteers living in Old Greenbelt distills research published in the book Housing Washington: Two Centuries of Residential Development and Planning in the National Capital Area  and complements the upcoming 75th Anniversary Symposium: Sustaining Greenbelt’s Legacy.

Greenbelt apartments.

The Symposium, to be held in the Greenbelt Community Center April 27 and April 28, will offer a fascinating look back at Greenbelt’s past, but most importantly will capture where Greenbelt is today and where it might be headed. Academics from several universities, city staff and Greenbelt residents examine the city’s enduring legacies in terms of  community  planning, recreation, cooperative ventures and citizen activism. Thursday, April 26, 6pm-8pm, the Greenbelt Museum will host an open house at 10B Crescent where signed copies of the new book, Images of America: Greenbelt will be available for sale. Dr. Mervyn Miller, an English planning historian, delivers a keynote address, “From The British Garden City to Greenbelt and  Back to the English New Towns. ” at 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 28. For additional information, visit www.greenbeltmd.gov/75 . To register, please print and fill out this form. The symposium will take place at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

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