Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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Harry F. Duncan founded Little Tavern Shops, Inc., which specialized in 5¢ little hamburgers, in Louisville, Ky., in 1927. The following year he moved his operation to Washington D. C. and within a decade had 22 shops. Maryland's flagship Little Tavern #1 opened in 1938 at 8230 Georgia Avenue. By 1941, Duncan moved his corporate headquarters to an Art Deco-style brick building at 1007 Ripley Street, located behind the Georgia Avenue Shop. The combination Tudor/Art Deco-style Little Taverns became iconic examples of roadside architecture in the Washington-Baltimore region.
In 1957, the Montgomery County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People conducted a survey of 18 cafes—nine in Silver Spring, nine in Bethesda. Six were cited for refusing sit-down service to African Americans, including the Little Taverns in each community (they only offered carry-out). The other four businesses were in Bethesda. Segregation in Washington, D.C. restaurants
In 1984, Silver Spring's Little Tavern was placed on the Locational Atlas of Historic Sites, later removed due to lack of owner approval. Closing in 1991, successive restaurants occupied the building. In 2003, an new owner of the 672-sq. ft. building tried to auction it off on E-bay, stipulating it be moved. Preservationist organizations endeavored to preserve Little Tavern through historical designation on-site or moving it. Ultimately, Little Tavern's 200+ per-fabricated exterior porcelain enamel panels and other architectural elements were preserved and given to the National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville, Md., for potential reconstruction.
Erected by Silver Spring Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 59.553′ N, 77° 1.606′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue (U.S. 29) and Ripley Street when traveling south on Georgia Avenue. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Land, Lumber & Lyrics (here, next to this marker); Visions Realized (within shouting distance of this marker); Finding a Niche (within shouting distance of this marker); The ‘Mayor’ of Silver Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Spirited Entertainment (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Bank, First Heist (about 300 feet away); ‘Most Lonesome Spot’ (about 400 feet away); Enticing Business (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
Also see . . . Little Tavern. Silver Spring Historical Society. Jerry McCoy's web page chronicles the loss of the Little Tavern and the perfidy of Pyramid Atlantic. "Artists are supposed to create art, not to destroy it." he writes. (Submitted on July 19, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 648 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 19, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2. submitted on November 28, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on July 19, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.