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Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Visions Realized

Early Family Businesses

 

—Silver Heritage - Georgia Avenue —

 
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By Allen C. Browne, November 2, 2014
1. Visions Realized Marker
Inscription. Silver Spring in the early 1900s saw the construction of several private dwellings fronting the east side of Georgia Avenue, originally named the Washington and Brookeville Turnpike. One of these was an American four-square house built in 1909 by John Dolan for himself and his wife Geneva. Dolan, was a plasterer by profession, worked as a builder, contractor, and director of the Silver Spring Bank, founded 1910.

The residential character of this section of Georgia Avenue soon gave way to development pressure. In 1924, with the increasing commercialism and value of property fronting Georgia Avenue, Dolan decided to move his residence several hundred feet around the corner to 918 Thayer Avenue and construct commercial buildings on the vacated site. The December 1, 1924 Washington Post article "Program of Construction Extends to Maryland" reported that Dolan "...expects to erect three stores on his original home site. All of these stores on the east side of Georgia Avenue are expected to be more valuable construction than some of the present improvements on that side of the street."

By 1926 Dolan had completed work on three adjoining, two-story brick buildings at 8223-25-27 Georgia Avenue. The First businesses to occupy these buildings were Richard J."Pop" Dietle's Silver Spring Bakery (8223), Marcel Zimmerman's
Visions Realized Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 2, 2014
2. Visions Realized Marker
Silver Spring Electric Co. (8225) and Frederick Di Vecchia's Silver Spring Hardware & Painting Co. (8227). The shop owners and their families lived on the top floor above the business, whose facades are virtually intact.
 
Location. 38° 59.542′ N, 77° 1.587′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Georgia Avenue (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8223 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Finding a Niche (here, next to this marker); The ‘Mayor’ of Silver Spring (a few steps from this marker); The Burger King (within shouting distance of this marker); Land, Lumber & Lyrics (within shouting distance of this marker); ‘Most Lonesome Spot’ (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Enticing Business (about 300 feet away); Spirited Entertainment (about 400 feet away); First Bank, First Heist (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Silver Spring.
 
Regarding Visions Realized. Today 8223 is The Big Greek Cafe and 3225 is Zed's Cafe.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
A Good Move image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 2, 2014
3. A Good Move
John and Geneva Dolan pose circa 1925 next to their relocated house that was moved from Georgia Avenue to 918 Thayer Avenue. The house sat on the property that borders the east side of Mayor's Lane.
Close-up of photo on marker
Bread is Your Best Food,<br>Eat More of It image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 2, 2014
4. Bread is Your Best Food,
Eat More of It
So declare the signs in the bakery window. In 1926 the Dietle family posed in front of their newly opened Silver Spring Home Bakery, 8223 Georgia Avenue. With Richard J. Pop Dietle are from left to right his sons Erwin, Richard, Herbert and Henry. On the right is his wife Matilda. The shop closed in 1936, but a bakery the family had opened on Seminary Road in the Montgomery Hills section of Silver Spring in 1930 became Hank Dietle's Tavern in 1924. It was closed in 2003.
Close-up of photo on marker
Don't Forget the Worms image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 2, 2014
5. Don't Forget the Worms
An advertisement for Mt. Vernon Cycle & Sports Shop, a later tenant of 8223 Georgia Avenue, was published in the June 10, 1949 Maryland News newspaper.
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Everyone Loves a Parade image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 2, 2014
6. Everyone Loves a Parade
The "Silver Spring — Avenue of Progress" parade held on September 11, 1948 celebrated the opening of Georgia Avenue's redesigned Baltimore and Ohio Railroad underpass and new paving. One of the bands marches through the 8200 block of Georgia Avenue, past The Grand Leader Store (with balcony) and the original Dolan properties, at left in image. Photo by Jay Braun.
Close-up of photo on marker
The <small>(original)</small> Big Greek Café image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 2, 2014
7. The (original) Big Greek Café
“Just Like Yia Yia Used to Make”
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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