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Canada Dry Building

 
 
Canada Dry Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 11, 2010
1. Canada Dry Building Marker
Inscription. Designed in 1946 by New York City architect Walter Monroe Cory, the Canada Dry Bottling Plant is the most architecturally significant Streamline Moderne industrial structure in Montgomery County and a landmark in downtown Silver Spring. The extant two-story administrative section was connected to a one story manufacturing bottling facility and warehouse. This complex occupied 2.9-acres adjacent to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's "Metropolitan Branch" (est. 1873), allowing ease of delivery of raw materials for the production of carbonated beverages. The opening of the plant was part of the postwar commercial and retail expansion of Silver Spring and its rise to prominence in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Upon the business's closing in 2000, the Silver Spring Historical Society raised awareness of the bottling plant's architectural and historical significance as well as the importance of its architect. The result was placement of the administrative, architecturally significant, portion of the structure (including the monumental central lobby and CANADA DRY "crown"), on Montgomery County's Locational Atlas & Index of Historic Sites (#36/44) in 2001. The interior walls of the rotunda entrance are faced with ginger-colored structural tiles, sized to match the glass block of the prominent window that provides a diffused and serene
Canada Dry Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2014
2. Canada Dry Building Marker
light. The entrance lobby floor and steps are terrazzo, with a pattern of circles resembling soda bubbles. A curving decorative, open, flat iron railing provides a strong visual line for the cantilevered curving stairway along the interior lobby wall.

In 2003 the Canada Dry Bottling Plant was documented for the Historic American Engineering Record. An archive of photographs and architectural drawings are housed in the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. Bottling plant drawings and data are available at the Library of Congress "American Memory" website, www.memory.gov.
 
Location. 38° 59.401′ N, 77° 1.703′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Click for map. Marker is in front of the Silverton condominium. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Community of Silver Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Silver Spring Shopping Center (within shouting distance of this marker); The Silver Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Silver Spring Armory 1914 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Silver Spring B & O Railroad Station
Canada Dry Building (Silverton) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 11, 2010
3. Canada Dry Building (Silverton)
(about 300 feet away); Early's Raid on Washington (about 300 feet away); Blair House (about 400 feet away); Blair Mansion: Silver Spring / Blair Station Post Office (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Silver Spring.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Canada Dry Building (Silverton) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 11, 2010
4. Canada Dry Building (Silverton)
Stairway inside the lobby
Canada Dry Building (Silverton) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2010
5. Canada Dry Building (Silverton)
Canada Dry Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 17, 2004
6. Canada Dry Building
at the beginning of Silverton construction, 2004
Location Map in downtown Silver Spring image. Click for full size.
Historic Amernican Buildings Survey, 2003
7. Location Map in downtown Silver Spring
Canada Dry Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 11, 2010
8. Canada Dry Building
Pseudo-drawing
 
 
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