Preserving the Riley-Bolten House
"When you came out of the kitchen, or the log cabin, then you went up some steps on to a porch … into the sitting room."
— Frances Mace Hansbrough, 2007
When developer Morton Luchs purchased land to build the surrounding Luxmanor subdivision in the early 1930s, he intentionally let the Riley House stand. In the midst of new brick homes on half-acre lots, the 1800s farm house became a focal point. William and Levina Bolten bought the property and made renovations to update the house in the Colonial Revival style. In 2011, Montgomery Parks nominated the Riley-Bolten House to the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1919, the property included "a quaint home, with mossy shingles, log kitchen, rough, stout chimneys and a very old-fashioned air. It sits far back from the west side of the road."
The appearance appearance of the house today is largely due to Lorenzo Winslow. Despite his credentials as President Franklin Roosevelt's White House architect, Winslow took on smaller residential projects like this one, modernizing and adding
Erected 2021 by Montgomery Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 2007.
Location. 39° 2.642′ N, 77° 7.287′ W. Marker is in North Bethesda, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Old Georgetown Road (Maryland Route 187) 0.1 miles south of Tilden Lane, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11420 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville MD 20852, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Farm Road Bed (a few steps from this marker); A Royal Audience (a few steps from this marker); Return to the Riley Farm (a few steps from this marker); The Meathouse: A Food Vault (within shouting distance of this marker); Whose House Was This? (within shouting distance of this marker); Agriculture on the Riley Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Riley Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); Josiah Henson (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Bethesda.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.