Land, Lumber & Lyrics

Land, Lumber & Lyrics (HM1FMD)

Location: Silver Spring, MD 20910 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 59.553', W 77° 1.606'

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Silver Spring Entrepreneurs

— Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue —

"Three ace promoters of Silver Spring in those days [1920s & 30s], they had a finger in almost every pie." So wrote editor Blair Lee III in August 29, 1947 Maryland News describing his father E. Brooke Lee, James H. Cissel and Frank L. Hewitt.


Cissel and the elder Lee presided over two businesses that played the seminal role in the growth and reputation of Silver Spring in the early 20th century. Cissel's Silver Spring Building Supply Co. and Lee's North Washington Realty Co. originally resided at 8222-26 Georgia Avenue, constructed in 1922. These two pioneers envisioned, built, and sold commercial, industrial and residential properties throughout Silver Spring and Montgomery County. Together with Hewitt, vice president of the Silver Spring Building Supply Co., the trio collaborated in the development of eight neighboring subdivisions during the 1920s onward.


From 1970 to 1987 this building was home to Track Records, a pioneering and top audio recording studio operated and ultimately owned by Mark Greenhouse. Popular with both local and national musicians, artists who recorded here include Linda Ronstadt, Marvin Gaye, Gloria Gaynor, and Peaches and Herb.


The exterior of this landmark Colonial Revival-style brick structure remained virtually intact until 2009 when a renovation dismantled significant architectural elements unique to Silver Spring. Originally featured were gray slate roofline canopies, two- and three-over-one double-hung wood sash windows, front entrance doors with stone stoops, and two large display windows facing Georgia Avenue.
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 7:16am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324472 N 4317903
Decimal Degrees38.99255000, -77.02676667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.553', W 77° 1.606'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 33.18" N, 77° 1' 36.36" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301, 202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8228-8230 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring MD 20910, US
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