Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Canada Dry Building
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
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 🚂 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1946.
Location. 38° 59.401′ N, 77° 1.703′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is in front of the Silverton condominium. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this markerThe 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 (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 437 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 4, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.