Who We Aren't

The Chevy Chase Historical Society is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to collect, record, interpret and share materials relating to the history of Chevy Chase, Maryland, one of America's first streetcar suburbs. CCHS does not issue historical area work permits or facilitate the Montgomery County historic preservation tax credit program.

The Chevy Chase Historical Society   Historic Preservation Commission
              
If you’re wondering about the social history of your Chevy Chase neighborhood, or want to look at historic photographs of your house, call The Chevy Chase Historical Society.
 
If you’re wondering whether a proposed addition to your house would be acceptable in the historic district of Chevy Chase, call The Historic Preservation Commission.


Chevy Chase Historical Society vs. Historic Preservation Commission

These two organizations have different functions and purposes. CCHS is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to collect, record, interpret and share materials relating to the history of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The Historic Preservation Commission of Montgomery County (HPC) is an independent commission, with members appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. It was established in 1979 and has primary responsibility for designation and regulation of County designated historic properties and historic area work permits. The HPC is staffed by employees of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission/Planning Department. Its website, http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/historic, contains further information about the HPC, as well as  forms for tax credits and historic area work permits.

In short:  

CCHS - Think nonprofit, membership, education, and history. We are funded by membership dues, and generous donations from friends and neighbors. Call or visit us for information about Chevy Chase’s history.

HPC - Think government, preservation, regulation, and permitting. Call for information about permitting and regulations. HPC’s number is (301) 563-3400, and it is located at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. It is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every weekday, except holidays.

The Chevy Chase Historical Society is supported in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County