Greenbelt is a planned community that was designed and built by the federal
government during the Great Depression. Under President Franklin D.
Roosevelt, the project put many unemployed people to work building the
original town, while also creating homes for families of modest income
during a severe housing shortage. Greenbelt’s team of prominent planners
and architects attempted to create a small utopia using the principles of
garden-city planning. Greenbelt is one of three federal “greentowns” (the
others are Greendale, WI, and Greenhills, OH). In 1997, Greenbelt became a
National Historic Landmark. The Greenbelt Museum includes an original
international-style house near the town’s center that is restored and
furnished with objects from the period of 1936-1946. The walls are hung
with original architectural renderings and artwork created by New Deal
artists and architects.