Greenbelt in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Originally, Greenbelt residents owned all of the center's commercial businesses cooperatively. These member-owned businesses distributed all profits to their members. Boston merchant and philanthropist Edward Filene loaned the residents start up funds. The center's cooperative businesses included a grocery store, a gas station, a drug store, a barber hop, a movie theater, a valet shop, a beauty parlor, a variety store, and a tobacco shop. The movie theater located to your right opened in September 1938. It was the first and perhaps the only cooperative theater in the country. Residents decided upon the films and ticket prices.
In 1954 the U.S. government sold the center buildings to a private real estate firm, and in 1956 the cooperative stores
The Roosevelt Center buildings exemplify a modern streamlined style associated with International Style architecture which originated in Europe after World War I. Notice the rounded corners, the flat roof lines, and the recently renovated Art Deco style theater sign.
In 1982 the City named the mall after President Franklin D. Roosevelt to commemorate both the 100th anniversary of his birth and his key role in founding Greenbelt.
Erected by Greenbelt Museum.
Location. 39° 0.078′ N, 76° 52.577′ W. Marker is in Greenbelt, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Centerway between Southway and Greenway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenbelt MD 20770, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other City of Greenbelt (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Swimming Pool (about 400 feet away); Gas Station (about 400 feet away); Eleanor Roosevelt (about 500 feet away); Community Center (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenbelt.
Also see . . .
1. Mother and Child Restoration. From the Art Deco Society of Washington website. (Submitted on March 22, 2006.)
2. Lenore Thomas's Friezes at the Center School. More of her work in Greenbelt. (Submitted on March 22, 2006.)
3. Old Greenbelt Theatre History. (Submitted on March 25, 2006.)
4. In Greenbelt's Town Center, a Fine New Deal. Washington Post July 8, 2000 article. (Submitted on March 25, 2006.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Notable Buildings •
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