Carderock Springs debuted in 1963. With 400 houses, built by visionary developer Edmund Bennett and designed by leading Washington, D.C. architects Keyes, Lethbridge & Condon, it's one of the region's best-known examples of Mid-Century Modern community design, renowned for its clean designs, open floor plans, and living spaces that open to the outdoors.
In 2009 the neighborhood was officially listed on the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places as a prime example of "situated modernism," an architectural style where the built environment is gracefully integrated into the natural surroundings.
The nomination process began in 2004 when the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) asked two University of Maryland professors to document "modernism" in Montgomery County. Their 2005 report formed the basis for the nomination. Inclusion in the National Register is an honor for the community.
- The National Register status doesn't create any additional rules or approval requirements for owners who plan to improve their homes.
- Carderock's covenants requiring Architectural Review Committee approval remain the means for preserving the architectural integrity of the community.
- See our resources for those planning renovations or additions.