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The Hyattsville Saucer’s New Home

No one knows exactly where the saucer will land, but it’ll have a home. The funky saucer canopy¬†at the Hyattsville Public Library has been spared and plans drawn up by an architectural firm for the county show it relocated and … Continue reading

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The Saucer is Saved, But Not the Library

It looks like the saucer will be saved, but the library behind it will not be. According to an article in the Gazette, the architects in charge of designing¬†a new public library in Hyattsville will keep the iconic entryway. But, … Continue reading

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Will the Saucer Be Saved?

Will the saucer at the Hyattsville Public Library be saved? We’ll soon hear what 10 architecture firms think should be done. Prince George’s County is asking architects on contract to put together concept designs for the library, according to the … Continue reading

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Hyattsville’s Silent Movie Theater

One of the first modern movie theaters in the Washington suburbs was in Hyattsville, and the exterior of the building is still around. Businessman Sidney Lust, a partner of the actual Warner brothers, moved to the D.C. area in the … Continue reading

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When Coxey’s Army Came to Hyattsville

When the first protesters held a march on Washington, they weren’t even allowed to speak. They didn’t fare any better in Hyattsville, either. In 1894, the United States was suffering through what was at the time the greatest depression in … Continue reading

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Hyattsville Makes Use of Historic Tax Credits

Property owners in Hyattsville have received more than a half million dollars in state tax credits for rehabilitating historic buildings. Since 1999, the Maryland Historic Trust has granted $552,471 in tax credits to property owners rehabilitating historic structures in Hyattsville, … Continue reading

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New Life for Hyattsville’s Old Idea

Hyattsville’s 122-year-old idea is back in the news. Back in 1892, Hyattsville garnered worldwide attention for a short-lived experiment in taxing only land, and not buildings. The land tax, or “single tax,” was based on an economic theory that taxing … Continue reading

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That Awkward Canopy

People weren’t big fans of the flying saucer at the Hyattsville library at first. Here’s a description of the building from the Washington Post’s Thomas Grubisich in a March 4, 1971 article (titled “The Library that Tries Harder”): Its design, … Continue reading

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Save Our Saucer

When does an old building become historic? As a general rule, architectural experts don’t consider a structure historic until it’s 50 years old, which means buildings from 1963 are just now starting to qualify. For fans of the Hyattsville public … Continue reading

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Taft’s Hyattsville Gaffe

Hyattsville could lay claim to the first presidential campaign gaffe. In 1912, President William Howard Taft was running for the Republican nomination against his erstwhile mentor, Teddy Roosevelt. At the time, it was considered beneath the dignity of the president … Continue reading

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