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Victorian Fall ColorThe Garrett Park Historic District features about 40 pre- World War I two story frame houses, interpretations of Queen Anne style. These homes are characterized by corner porches, cross - gable roofs, three story towers, and large lot sizes.

The next stage of development in the 1920's was "Chevy" houses built by Maddux, Marshall & Co. This company constructed about 40 houses, each with a Murphy bed, an Atwater -Kent radio, and at an extra cost, a Chevrolet in the garage. These small houses, (640 square feet) came in three models: The Sylvan, the Roseland, and the Woodbine.The differences in floor plan and porch design gave a degree of individuality to the one-story frame, three bay houses.

An interpretation of the Prairie Style initiated most prominently by Frank Lloyd Wright is found in the Post World War II houses in Garrett Park. These one story buildings, designed and built in the 1950's by Alexander Richter have low overhanging roofs and an open plan with many intersecting spaces.The district also includes examples of the International Style, Tudor Revival Style, and Sears and Roebuck Mail order homes, as well as Neo-Colonial or Williamsburg Revival - style "Cape Cod" 20th century homes.

 Video Walking Tour of  Garrett Park:  Paths to the Present, Montgomery Connections History Project.  (By Montgomery County Cable, run time is 15.02 minutes)

The History and Architecture of Garrett Park, Maryland: A Walking Tour

Interactive History Map of Individual Houses

Architectural Styles in Garrett Park

The Victorian Era Houses
The Chevy Houses
Chevrolet House in the Suburb Primeval
Gunnison Homes
Techbuilt Homes
Richterville Homes

Garrett Park and the Historic American Building Survey