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Silver Spring Armory 1914

 
 
Silver Spring Armory 1914 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 22, 2014
1. Silver Spring Armory 1914 Marker
Inscription. The first decades of this century saw Silver Spring transformed from a 19th century rural village into an early 20th century residential community and center of commerce. Major E. Brooke Lee and Captain Frank L. Hewitt, returning World War I veterans, were influential in laying out the first subdivisions in Silver Spring during the 1920s and establishing major commercial and civic institutions.

One of the earliest and most substantial buildings to be constructed along Georgia Avenue was the first National Guard Armory. It was built in 1914 for Company K of the 1st Maryland Infantry. It has been remodeled and now houses the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department.
 
Location. 38° 59.364′ N, 77° 1.744′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Newell Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Acorn Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8060 Newell St, Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Silver Spring B & O Railroad Station (here, next to this marker); Early's Raid on Washington (a few steps from this marker); Silver Spring Shopping Center (a few steps from this marker); Blair House
Silver Spring Armory 1914 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 22, 2014
2. Silver Spring Armory 1914 Marker
(a few steps from this marker); The Silver Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); The Community of Silver Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Blair Mansion: Silver Spring / Blair Station Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Canada Dry Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
Silver Spring Armory 1914 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 17, 2004
3. Silver Spring Armory 1914
Detail of Mame Cohalon Mural in Acorn Park.
E. Brooke Lee image. Click for full size.
Maryland State Archives
4. E. Brooke Lee
Comptrollers of the Treasury Photographic Collection.
MSA SC 5161-1-24
Frank L.Hewitt image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 22, 2012
5. Frank L.Hewitt
from the "You Are Here - 1931" marker
Silver Spring Firehouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2007
6. Silver Spring Firehouse
The 1914 Armory was reconfigured for the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department after the National Guard moved to its new armory at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Pershing Drive in 1927.
Silver Spring Fire Station Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2007
7. Silver Spring Fire Station Cornerstone
Silver Spring
Volunteer Fire Department
Organized May 15, 1915
Incorporated June 11,1918

In 1915 the fire department used a shed behind the Armory donated by James H. Cissel as its station.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 551 times since then and 141 times this year. Last updated on August 6, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 27, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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