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December 6, 2010

1950’s Neighborhood In Bethesda, MD

By RetroRuth

Happy Monday, All!  I have a fun little post for you today.  When visiting our brothers and sisters this October, we got to see some really cute mid-century on the East Coast.  This post comes from Tom’s sister’s neighborhood in Bethesda. 

While not MCM, these houses were built in the “traditional” or “colonial” style of the mid-century. Fun, period accents are still in tact all over the place, including the two different house numbers on this split-level.  Click on the pictures to get a close-up of the details.

Even though this house wasn’t in the greatest shape, I adored the shutters, front door, and iron accents on this house.  I don’t think I have ever seen railings quite like these!

I sort of like the exterior paint here that accents the mid-century bits instead of hiding them.


This front entrance is such a shame.  Just a small amount of restoration would really make this place. You can even see the faded, listing flamingo in the yard.  Get that guy some paint and a new stick!

Pretty metal awning.

It is hard to see in this photo, but there is some great metalwork inside the carport.

This one is adorable! Thank goodness for the people in this house!

Some more great metal accents. Lovely!

Thanks to Maggie, who suffered through Tom and I walking around and lecturing her about preserving Mid-Century accents while we took pictures. We had a great time! 🙂

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5 Responses to 1950’s Neighborhood In Bethesda, MD

  1. Andrea Reply

    December 6, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    LOVING the door on the white & dark brown one. Great pics, Ruth!

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    December 6, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Awww, what cute little houses! Great pics Ruth.

    That POOR Flamingo, he needs some help FAST! 🙂

  3. Tom Emerson Reply

    January 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I believe that is the neighborhood where I grew up. I lived near Wyngate school in North Bethesda, when North Bethesda was still inside the Beltway. Our house was a brick split-level not unlike the first photo.

  4. Diana Reply

    February 21, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Wow- if you could see it now:-( These cute houses are being torn down to build McMansions. Now only people who can afford just under $1 million or more can afford to live in Bethesda- such a shame:-(

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