Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Penny for Your Thoughts
— Silver Spring Heritage - Colesville Road —
The Fillmore Silver Spring has enlivened the block since 2011. This International Style granite and limestone landmark at 8656 Colesville Road began its life in 1950 as J. C. Penny Co. department store No. 1334. Prominent architect Clifton Bryan White, of Silver Spring, received a diploma of merit for its "superior architecture" from the American Institute of Architects Maryland Division. An immediate hit with shoppers from the day it opened, the store's size doubled to nearly 40,000 sq. ft. in 1956. Expanded facilities included one of the largest men's wear departments in Penny's chain, and an entire floor devoted to women's fashion. An outside patio displaying outdoor furniture,
Earliest extant structures on this side of the block are the 1941 Real Estate Co. headquarters with nine offices and two stores at 8634-8635 Colesville Road, and the 1940 La June Hairdressers (with air conditioning!), 8642-8644 Colesville . All were constructed by MRE. founded 1937 by President J. Ingram Medley (1891-1984) and Secretary/Treasurer Walker L. Funderburk (1899-1989). They began their careers in 1928 and 1923 respectively with Col. E. Brooke Lee, founder of the North Washington Realty Co., a pioneering developer of commercial and residential properties in Silver Spring. This block is part of the Silver Spring Central Business Historic District.
Location. 38° 59.855′ N, 77° 1.636′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Colesville Road (U.S. 29) and Fentron Street, on the right when traveling south on Colesville Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8668 Colesville Rd, 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. Silver Opportunity (here, next to this marker); The Silver Spring Shopping Center (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Silver Theatre Veterans Plaza (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Silver Spring Shopping Center (about 700 feet away); Modern Banking (about 800 feet away); 24-Hour Service (about 800 feet away); Silver Spring Armory (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 510 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on September 11, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 12. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.