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Welcome to The COMSAT Legacy Project, COMSAT Laboratories Building Resource.

It appears that the new owner, Lantian Development, is contemplating what to do with the property. I have heard the prospect of the building being raised is once again possible. This page was assembled to provide people with the necessary information to best defend the building. It is, at the very least, a way to commemorate the building and the fight for it's survival.


Podcast By César Pelli
on culture NOW - Art Architecture & History

Peservation Resources

COMSAT Laboratories - Maryland Historical Trust
National Register of Historic Places form

COMSAT Building
Montgomery Preservation, Inc.
Judith Christensen, Director

Chronological set of articles

COMSAT lab developed history
Feb. 16, 2005
Susan Singer-Bart
Staff Writer, The Gazette

Commission vote favors historic designation for Comsat
Apr. 20, 2005
Susan Singer-Bart
Staff Writer, The Gazette

Duncan supports razing of Comsat
June 1, 2005
By Susan Singer-Bart
Staff Writer, The Gazette

Duncan: Follow Floreen's example
letter to The Gazette
By Kathie Hulley
June 14, 2005

Comsat, in Danger of Coming to Earth
By Benjamin Forgey
June 25, 2005

Planners get bevy of letters on Comsat status
July 6, 2005
Susan Singer-Bart
Staff Writer, The Gazette

Montgomery County Planning Board Agenda
July 7, 2005

Planning Board: Comsat building not worth preserving
July 13, 2005
Susan Singer-Bart
Staff Writer, The Gazette

COMSAT: A national treasure
July 22, 2005
Jack and Kathleen Hendricks, McConnellsburg, Pa.

Clarksburg: Lesson for all communities
Aug. 2, 2005
Kim Boughan and Patrick Boughan

Once again, residents give officials their Clarksburg wish list
Aug. 10, 2005
Susan Singer-Bart
Staff Writer, The Gazette

Advocates: Fight for Comsat on
Aug. 17, 2005
Susan Singer-Bart
Staff Writer, The Gazette

Comsat Labs: Paradise lost?
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005
By Bill McNamara

Comsat: Envision it as a learning magnet
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005
By Doug Tanner

With it almost gone, a look back at 2005
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005
By Susan Whitney-Wilkerson
The Gazette

Montgomery County Planning Board work-session-2-10-2006 [doc]
By Gwen Wright, Historic Preservation Supervisor
Countywide Planning Division
February 10, 2006

Montgomery County Planning Board work-session-2-10-2006 [pdf]
By Gwen Wright, Historic Preservation Supervisor
Countywide Planning Division
February 10, 2006

Lawsuits may force comsat to council
by Susan Singer-Bart
Staff Writer, The Gazette
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006

Comsat's fate in hands of council
by Susan Singer-Bart
Staff Writer, The Gazette
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006

Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission
the Preservationist

Spring 2006

Help plan new uses for Comsat site in Clarksburg
by Susan Singer-Bart
Staff Writer, The Gazette
Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Architect Pelli Joins Effort To Save Comsat Building
By Dana Hedgpeth
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 5, 2006

Comsat: Renew or raze?
The Washington Times
Friday, June 9, 2006

County Council risks its credibility with refusal to evaluate COMSAT building
by Wayne Goldstein
The Montgomery Sentinel - "Federation Corner" column
June 15, 2006

COMSAT Laboratories: It may not be old, but it’s historic
by David S. Rotenstein, Ph.D., Silver Spring
The writer is commissioner of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Preserving Maryland's COMSAT Building
By Rob Goodspeed
July 10, 2006

The past imperfect
By Timothy B. Wheeler
The Baltimore Sun
January 20, 2007

Pelli Building Won't Be Razed Developer Will Work Around Architect's Modernist Structure
By Miranda S. Spivack
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Washington Post Staff Writer

Plan set to save Comsat building, Out of the spotlight, developer and community agree on plan
by Susan Singer-Bart
Staff Writer, The Gazette
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007

A César Pelli Building in Clarksburg Could Get Torn Down
"Historic preservation is a major third rail in Montgomery County real estate."

By Miranda S. Spivack
February 26, 2015

Clarksburg Comsat campus sells for $11.5M
By Jeff Clabaugh
Broadcast/Web Reporter, Washington Business Journal
Dec 2, 2015, 11:22am EST Updated Dec 2, 2015, 11:31am EST

COMSAT Campus Changes Hands
Bethesda-based Lantian Development has acquired the 204-acre COMSAT Campus in Clarksburg, MD for $11.5 million in an all-cash transaction.
By LHB Communications
Dec 4, 2015 5:36 pm ET

Clarksburg campus may become site for pharmaceutical research
By Paige Jones
December 16, 2015
Frederick News-Post

Where My Comsat?
February 2, 2016
The Architect's Newspaper

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich's Statement on Governor's Removal of Corridor Cities Transitway From State Transportation Plan
For Immediate Release: Tuesday 24 September
Release ID: 19-023
MontgomeryCountyMD.GOV Montgomery County Government

$828M Montgomery County project aimed to ease congestion 'officially deleted'
Published: 2:38 PM EDT September 24, 2019
Author: Pete Muntean

'We're dying up here': Montgomery Co. transportation project in serious jeopardy
September 25, 2019, 11:22 PM
Michelle Basch | @MBaschWTOP

Maryland Community News Online


Current Building Owner

Clarksburg Comsat Site - Lantian Development

Development Review [PDF]

Development Review [pptx]

Survey of COMSAT Laboratories campus


César Pelli - Architect of Clarksburg COMSAT Building

César Pelli, celebrated architect of sweep and harmony, dies at 92
By Brian Murphy
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 10:49 p.m. EDT

About César Pelli (Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects)
About César Pelli (Pacific Coast Architecture Database)
About César Pelli (Wikipedia)
About César (Antonio) Pelli (archInform)
César Pelli - Great Buildings Online
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (César Pelli, Fred W. Clarke, Rafael Pelli)

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Home Office:
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
1056 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-777-2515
Fax: 203-787-2856

The team that Built COMSAT Laboratories, Clarksburg, MD (started 1967)

Over time, this page will expand to provide more and more resources as they become available.

If you know of any articles that are not on this page, please email me ASAP! - Steve Teller

COMSAT Laboratories Building Gallery

The COMSAT Legacy Project is a COMARA organization formed for the single purpose of preserving the history and accomplishments of the COMSAT corporation for posterity.  All comments, suggestions and offers of assistance will be most welcome.  Please contact me.

Steven L. Teller
COMSAT Legacy Archives
20140 Scholar Drive
Suite 309A
Hagerstown, Maryland 21742

TEL:          (301) 892-6256


Steve Teller
Phone: (301) 892-6256
Fax: (651) 691-2940
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