Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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— Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue —
"Three ace promoters of Silver Spring in those days [1920s & 30s], they had a finger in almost every pie." So wrote editor Blair Lee III in August 29, 1947 Maryland News describing his father E. Brooke Lee, James H. Cissel and Frank L. Hewitt.
Cissel and the elder Lee presided over two businesses that played the seminal role in the growth and reputation of Silver Spring in the early 20th century. Cissel's Silver Spring Building Supply Co. and Lee's North Washington Realty Co. originally resided at 8222-26 Georgia Avenue, constructed in 1922. These two pioneers envisioned, built, and sold commercial, industrial and residential properties throughout Silver Spring and Montgomery County. Together with Hewitt, vice president of the Silver Spring Building Supply Co., the trio collaborated in the development of eight neighboring subdivisions during the 1920s onward.
From 1970 to 1987 this building was home to Track Records, a pioneering and top audio recording studio operated and ultimately owned by Mark Greenhouse. Popular with both local and national musicians, artists who recorded here include Linda Ronstadt,
The exterior of this landmark Colonial Revival-style brick structure remained virtually intact until 2009 when a renovation dismantled significant architectural elements unique to Silver Spring. Originally featured were gray slate roofline canopies, two- and three-over-one double-hung wood sash windows, front entrance doors with stone stoops, and two large display windows facing Georgia Avenue.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1947.
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 (Route 29) and Ripley Street when traveling south on Georgia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8230 Georgia Avenue, 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 marker. The Burger King (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 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 . . . Desecration of the Historic 1922 Cissel / Lee Building in Silver Spring, Maryland. YouTube video of the "wreckconstructiion" of the Cissel-Lee Building, April 1, 2009, passionately narrated by Jerry McCoy. (Submitted on July 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 593 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.