Potomac Overlook Neighborhood

Evaluation of the Potomac Overlook Neighborhood

About the Project

In July 2019, residents of Potomac Overlook reached out to the Historic Preservation Office to request that the neighborhood be evaluated for designation to the Master Plan for Historic Designation. The Potomac Overlook subdivision contains a celebrated collection of modernist homes built 1956-1959 through a collaboration between developer Edward Bennett and the architecture firm of Keyes, Lethbridge & Condon.

The neighborhood has been found eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under the Multiple Property Documentation Form, “Subdivisions Built by Edmund Bennett and Designed by Keys, Lethbridge & Condon in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1956–1973.”

Adopted by the County Council in 1979, the Master Plan for Historic Preservation is the County’s preservation planning document. It includes the list of all officially designated historic sites and districts. Designation of a single property or entire district as a Master Plan historic site or historic district signifies that the particular site or district has been researched carefully by preservation specialists and, through review by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Planning Board and by vote of the Montgomery County Council, determined to be of special historic significance and, therefore, to be protected under the Montgomery County Ordinance, Chapter 24A, Preservation of Historic Resources.

Designation as a Master Plan historic district: 1) provides for protecting buildings and neighborhoods from being demolished; 2) helps to ensure the visual beauty of a neighborhood; 3) provides owners with information on care, restoration, and preservation; and 4) qualifies owners for special tax benefit programs.

Evaluation Process

Evaluation of Potomac Overlook will determine the neighborhood’s eligibility for designation on the Master Plan for Historic Preservation. This effort will consider the possible listing of a portion of or the entire neighborhood as a new historic district, or individual listing of select resources within the neighborhood. The evaluation process will include multiple meetings with neighborhood residents and a reconnaissance-level architectural survey of the individual structures prior to the formal evaluation process with the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Board, and County Council.

Timeline and Ways to Get Involved

The overall timeline for the project is still under development. Staff will perform an architectural survey of Potomac Overlook in Winter 2019/2020 and schedule a meeting with the community upon its completion.

Last Updated: December 4, 2019