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Maryland Historical Trust
 
Inventory No.
 
31-47
 
Maryland Inventory of
 
Historic Properties Form
1. Name of Property
 
(indicate preferred name)historic
Glenmont Water Tower
 other
2. Location
 street and number
12413 Georgia Avenue
not for publicationcity, town
Silver Spring
 
vicinity
 
county
Montgomery
 
3. Owner of Property
 
(give names and mailing addresses of all owners)
 
name
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
 
street and number
4017 Hamilton Street
 
telephonecity, town
Hyattsville
state
MD
 
zip code
20781
 
4. Location of Legal Description
 
courthouse, registry of deeds, etc.
 
Montgomery County Courthouse
 
liber
879
folio
387
 
city, town
Rockville
 
tax map
HQ63
tax parcel
P352
tax ID number
13-00983106
 
5. Primary Location of Additional Data
 
Contributing Resource in National Register DistrictContributing Resource in Local Historic DistrictDetermined Eligible for the National Register/Maryland RegisterDetermined Ineligible for the National Register/Maryland RegisterRecorded by HABS/HAERHistoric Structure Report or Research Report at MHTOther:
6. Classification
 
Category Ownership Current Function Resource Count
 
district
 
X
 
public
 
agriculture landscape
 
Contributing Noncontributing
 
building(s) private
 
commerce/trade recreation/culture buildings
 
X
structure both
 
defense religion
 
sites
 
site domestic social
 
1
structures
 
object
 
education
 
transportation
 
objects
 
funerary
 
work in progress
 
1
 
Total
 
government
 
unknown
 
health care
 
vacant/not in use
 
Number of Contributing Resources
 
industry
 
X
 
other: PUBLIC
 
previously listed in the Inventory
UTILITY
 
 
 
7. Description
 
Inventory No.
 
31-47
 
Condition
x
 
excellent deterioratedgood ruinsfair alteredPrepare both a one paragraph summary and a comprehensive description of the resource and its various elements as itexists today.
The Glenmont Water Tower, 12415 Georgia Avenue, is located near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Layhill Road.(Figures 1 and 2) Built in 1947, the 189-foot tall structure is a large-capacity, multi-columned, elevated water tank witha 500,000-gallon capacity. A central riser pipe, which brings water into and out of the tank, runs from the ground to thebase of the elevated tank. Support legs connected by braces extend around the perimeter of the tank. (Figures 3 and 4)In 2008-09, the water tower was the subject of a $1.5 million WSSC restoration project. Spiral stairs that had wrappedaround the central pipe were replaced with a straight ladder located along a support leg. Railings were augmented tomeet OSHA standards. During the project, the tower was covered with draping
 
.
1
(Figures 11-13)The Glenmont Water Tower has an array of telecommunication antennas located on its top. The first antennas wereinstalled on the tower in 1996, for AT&T, and were augmented in 2001 (Voice Stream) and 2003 (Verizon).
2
(Figure 14)
1
Interview, Karen Wright, WSSC, November 2, 2012. Photos of draping (January 2008) and post-restoration condition (April 2009)are posted by gibba1 at flickr.com
 
2
Database of telecommunications antennas;http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgtmpl.asp?url=/apps/ttfcg/home.asp.Accessed October 29, 2012.
 
 
 
8. Significance
 
Inventory No.
31-47
 
Period Areas of Significance Check and justify below
1600-1699 agriculture economics health/medicine performing arts1700-1799 archeology education industry philosophy1800-1899 architecture engineering invention politics/government
X
1900-1999 art entertainment/ landscape architecture religion2000- commerce recreation law sciencecommunications ethnic heritage literature social history
X_
community planning
X_
exploration/ maritime history transportationconservation settlement military other:
Specific dates
 
1942
 
Architect/Builder
 
Construction dates
 
1947
 Evaluation for:National Register Maryland Register not evaluatedPrepare a one-paragraph summary statement of significance addressing applicable criteria, followed by a narrative discussion of thehistory of the resource and its context. (For compliance projects, complete evaluation on a DOE Form – see manual.)
Built in 1947, the Glenmont Water Tower is one of the oldest extant public elevated water tanks in Montgomery County.The tower is a prominent feature of Glenmont that has been identified by the community as a significant visuallandmark. The water tower facilitated the postwar suburban development of the Glenmont area, much of which wassubdivided starting in 1949.HISTORYIn 1942, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission acquired the 0.64 acre parcel in Glenmont.
3
Charles andLischen Dwyer conveyed the property to WSSC on June 25, 1942, for $2,000. It was part of land that the Dwyers hadowned since 1911, and which they had acquired from Anne and Ernst Loffler.
4
Charles E. Dwyer was a localbusinessman who operated nearby a grocery store and gas station.
5
 WSSC constructed the 500,000-gallon water tower in 1947, at a cost of $65,000.
6
(Figures 7 and 8) The Glenmont watertower was one of two elevated water tanks built by WSSC immediately following World War II. The other tower was theCabin John Water Tower (1946), at 6711 Tomlinson Avenue. In Glenmont, the 189-foot structure quickly became anicon for the community and a wayfinding landmark. In 1949, W.W. Moore included the water tower in directions to hisPlainfield Orchard, five miles out, in Ashton.
7
 
3
Deed 879:387.
4
Deed 222: 35.
5
Dwyer’s store, later known as Xanders, was located on the site of the present-day Freestate Gas Station, at the NE intersection of Georgia Avenue and Layhill Road. The store was demolished in 1953. Michael Dwyer, Glenmont History, Glenmont Master PlanIssues Report, 1997.
6
Washington Post, February 2 and March 5, 1947.
7
Washington Post, November 7, 1949.
 

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