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

DNC Building

2013

 
 
DNC Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 27, 2017
1. DNC Building Marker
Inscription. This current building, developed by Inter-Continental Group (owned by the Blessing Family), stands on a site that has been a part of Gaithersburg's mercantile history since before 1894.

This 2-story building was built circa 1915 by JL Burns and was one of the first commercial properties constructed on East Diamond Avenue on the Gaithersburg Milling and Manufacturing site in the 20th century. According to the 1894 map, there had previously been a triangular building on this site. The Burns building was occupied by a post office and a confectionary store on the first floor and offices on the second floor. It was destroyed by fire in November of 1923.

The building was rebuilt on the current site circa 1924. It has been a restaurant and local bar since the 1930's, such as Offut's Beer Parlor, Frank Calloway's Restaurant and Jerry Barber's "Jerry's Restaurant."

In 1964, Khrystos (Chris) and Lillian Valanos rented the building from Frank Calloway. Later they purchased the building and remodeled it, covering the brick with paneling and a mansard-style cornice. Chris' Steakhouse served as an Olde Towne institution until it closed in 2006, which is the same year that Chris passed away.
 
Location. 39° 8.522′ N, 77° 11.676′ W. Marker is
DNC Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 27, 2017
2. DNC Building Marker
in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on East Diamond Avenue west of Park Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 East Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg MD 20877, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John A. Belt Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station (about 400 feet away); Pythian Temple (about 400 feet away); The Early Years (about 500 feet away); Building The Future (about 500 feet away); The Schwartz House / Gaithersburg City Hall / Schwartz Peony Garden (about 500 feet away); The Business of Agriculture: (about 500 feet away); Supplying an Agricultural Community (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaithersburg.
 
Categories. ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Two-story 1915 Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 27, 2017
3. Two-story 1915 Building
Close-up of photo on marker
Chris's Restaurant image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 27, 2017
4. Chris's Restaurant
Close-up of photo on marker
Chris' Steakhouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 27, 2017
5. Chris' Steakhouse
Close-up of photo on marker
DNC Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 27, 2017
6. DNC Building
Maggie's DNC Bar image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 27, 2017
7. Maggie's DNC Bar
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 301 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 2, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on March 4, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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