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Kentlands Historic Area, 330 Firehouse Lane

Kentlands  Historic Area

330 Firehouse Lane, Kentlands, Gaithersburg, MD


On my regular walks through the Kentlands community, I often wondered about the history of the interesting building at 330 Firehouse Lane.  I thought that it was one of the original historic buildings in the community but noticed that it was not mentioned in articles that discussed the historical buildings.  So, I decided to contact the architect that occupies the ground floor to ask about the history.

Mike Watkins of Michael Watkins Architect, LLC responded immediately.  He explained  that  the lot was conveyed to him by Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zybeck, the Miami based architects and planners that were retained by the developers in 1988.  Mike opened an office for them at 320 Firehouse Lane.  The developer’s fee to the architects included the lots at 320 and 330 Firehouse Lane.  Subsequently, one of the lots was conveyed to Mike.

Mike Watkins designed the building in which his office is now located and moved in, upstairs, in 1999. Three other tenants occupied the ground floor before Mike started his own firm in 2007. 



 330 Firehouse Lane, Kentlands, Gaithersburg IMG_2410

Photograph by Roy Kelley,  Canon PowerShot G11 Camera

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 15 commentsRoy Kelley • April 10 2018 03:31PM


Good morning Roy.  Beautiful old building.  I think I remember you writing about this building a few years back.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

Hi Roy... that's a great looking building and how appropriate that it houses architects!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 6 months ago

this is a beautiful building - thanks for sharing it with us - I love getting the history of old buildings around here 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 6 months ago

Good morning Roy. Have heard of Andres and Elizabeth, but not Mike. The developers chose wisely! Enjoy  your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 6 months ago

What a beautiful old building Roy. Thanks for sharing the story

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 6 months ago

That's a fine looking building Roy in Kentlands. Nice learning about it's history...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 6 months ago

Roy, I remember you posting about this building before, and you are right it truly is beautiful.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago


What a lovely building and I enjoyed reading the history of it.  It is fitting that it is occupied by architects. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 6 months ago


 Great looking firehouse and the history was cool! I hope you and Delores enjoy a wonderful day!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert 6 months ago

What a cool old building - thanks for the bit of history about it. Old Firehouses are one of my favorite buildings to see - many in Portland now house restaurants, or other trendy shops such as cannabis dealers. Talk about going up in smoke...;) 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 6 months ago

That seems like a likely location for attorney offices, Roy.  Since, they are in the business of trying to put out fires!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 6 months ago

Attorneys have some of the best old offices. I am glad you have such beautiful buildings in the Kentlands.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 6 months ago

 Roy Kelley , I reread your post two times...I felt this looked like a historic building of perhaps a few centuries back. However, it was just built in the late 1900's? It is absolutely a treasure of a structure.  Beautiful!


Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) 6 months ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago
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