Field of Grass and Flowers

Greenbelt Museum

10-B Crescent Road
Greenbelt , MD 20770
(301) 507-6582
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    The Greenbelt Museum’s historic house is one of the original townhomes built in 1937 as part of the federal government’s experiment in town planning. Greenbelt is one of three federal “greentowns” (the others are Greendale, WI, and Greenhills, OH). Greenbelt’s team of prominent planners and architects attempted to create a small utopia using the principles of garden-city planning which included superblocks, underpasses, pedestrian walkways and carefully designed housing. The International Style or modernist museum house is typical of the housing built in Greenbelt and has been restored and furnished with objects which depict the everyday life of a family in the late 1930s and 1940s. The house also features furniture designed by the federal government and the walls are hung with original architectural renderings and artwork created by New Deal artists and architects. The Greenbelt Museum was founded in 1987 on the occasion of the city’s 50th anniversary and in 1997, Greenbelt became a National Historic Landmark.