Rockville's First National Historic Landmark

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Rockville's First National Historic Landmark

The Frieda Fromm-Reichmann Cottage, which was originally part of the Chestnut Lodge Sanitarium grounds in Rockville, will be celebrated by the Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation organization as the city’s first national historic landmark in an event on Friday. Oct. 1.

The event will take place outdoors, under a tent, from 4-6 the cottage at 19 Thomas Street in Rockville. A $10 donation is requested from each attendee. Advance registration is required.

In January, the Secretary of the Interior designated the Frieda Fromm-Reichmann Cottage as a national historic landmark. It is the first historic landmark in Rockville, earning the national recognition for its association with Dr. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann and her significant contributions to the field of medicine as a psychoanalyst.

Dr. Fromm-Reichmann was a Jewish refugee fleeing Nazi Germany who made groundbreaking contributions to her scientific field. Dr. Fromm-Reichmann worked at the Chestnut Lodge Sanitarium and moved into the adjacent cottage in 1936. She lived there for the remainder of her life.

The main building on the sanitarium grounds was destroyed by a fire after it was closed. Most of the grounds are now a development of homes. Peerless Rockville later became owner of the cottage. In 2009, Peerless Rockville restored the cottage to its 1936 appearance.

Dr. Fromm-Reichmann's biographer, Gail Hornstein, is scheduled to make a presentation at the event.

Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation Ltd. is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

For more information about the event, to learn how to further help preserve the cottage and to purchase tickets, go to


This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.




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Comments (14)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy. I'm all about preserving our historical buildings. I was hoping to see a picture of this cottage, but there didn't seem to be one even on the website.

Sep 27, 2021 04:12 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a very nice-looking cottage and I am glad that someone took the time to restore it.

Sep 27, 2021 04:30 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Nice to see preservation of important structures with a rich history. Enjoy your day.

Sep 27, 2021 04:57 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Very important to preserve these historical buildings and sites. We learn from the past to better ourselves as people and a nation. It's call HISTORY.

Sep 27, 2021 06:23 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, love reading and especially touring a historical building, thanks for sharing.

Sep 27, 2021 06:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Roy,

How lovely that Rockville is preserving Frieda's cottage.Wishing you a delightful Monday.  A

Sep 27, 2021 07:19 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Roy Kelley I love the classic Cape Cod cottage style. The preservation of a historic property is a good deed for the community.

Sep 27, 2021 10:20 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Roy- what an honor for the Frieda Fromm-Reichmann Cottage. It is so important to preserve these historical landmarks. 

Sep 27, 2021 07:00 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm glad this historic home was preserved for the community, Roy.  Far too many have been lost!

Sep 27, 2021 08:20 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Sep 28, 2021 04:56 AM