The fifty-year-old Perpetual Building at Georgia Avenue and Cameron Street is threatened with demolition.
"It still hasn’t really come together as an organic community, and it is not conducive to good architecture . . . There are so many bad buildings in Silver Spring, it’s a hard place to do good." - Benjamin ForgeyAs someone who spends a decent amount of time thinking about architecture and his beloved hometown, I wanted to punch Washington Post critic Benjamin Forgey IN THE FACE for knocking Silver Spring's aesthetics in this month's Washingtonian article, "The Good, Bad, and Ugly: Best and Worst Buildings." But Forgey's remarks might be worth considering in the light of recent preservation controversies surrounding the so-called "Watson House" in Woodside Park and the Perpetual Building on Georgia Avenue. Not to mention last year's fight to save Falkland Chase, which was largely successful, and a pair of bungalows on Thayer that eventually bit the dust.
After all, if Silver Spring has so many "bad buildings," is anything worth saving? And which ones? Is the Watson House, a relic of our rural-suburban past, necessary to help people remember where we came from? And can the 50's-era Perpetual Building hold its ground architecturally among Downtown's newer office and apartment towers?
I will let you know what I think next week. In the meantime, put your two cents in the comments section or in our nifty poll on the left side.