Kentlands Historic Area, 330 Firehouse Lane

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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

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

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

Apr 15, 2018 04:32 AM #1
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

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

Apr 15, 2018 05:37 AM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

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

Apr 15, 2018 05:37 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

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

Apr 15, 2018 05:38 AM #5
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

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

Apr 15, 2018 06:26 AM #6
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

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

Apr 15, 2018 06:57 AM #7
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

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

Apr 15, 2018 06:57 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


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

Apr 15, 2018 08:00 AM #9
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


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

Apr 15, 2018 12:58 PM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

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...;) 

Apr 15, 2018 01:50 PM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

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

Apr 15, 2018 02:53 PM #16
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

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

Apr 15, 2018 05:08 PM #17
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

 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!


Apr 17, 2018 12:57 AM #21
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Apr 17, 2018 09:42 AM #22
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