Halpine / Lenovitz Store at 1600 Rockville Pike, 1910

Lenovitz store at Halpine, circa 1906

Halpine / Lenovitz General Store at Rockville Pike and Halpine Road, 1910. Photo taken by Lewis Reed.

The Halpine Store, also known as the Lenovitz General Store, was built on Rockville Pike in 1898, taking advantage of the prime location on the trolley and railroad lines and the Pike. The store sold food, gasoline and other items to locals and Pike travelers. There is a young African American man standing in front of the store. Note the telephone or telegraph poles, and the trolley tracks paralleling the road. The nearby Halpine railroad station also brought customers to the area, and the store became the social/community gathering place for the Halpine area.

The proprietors, Benjamin and Anna Lenovitz, lived on the second floor. The building burned in 1923 and a new fire-resistant brick building was rebuilt in its place. This building, at 1600 Rockville Pike, became a Radio Shack, selling computers and electronics.

Source: Maryland Historical Trust

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

2 responses to “Halpine / Lenovitz Store at 1600 Rockville Pike, 1910”

  1. Barbara Zirl says :

    Came across your photo in a Google search for something else. The owners of the Halpine general store, Benjamin and Anna Lenovitz, were my great grand parents! I’d heard about the store many times, but had not seen pictures of it.

    • Reed Brothers says :

      Hi Barbara,

      Wow, that’s awesome! I’ve done that before ..stumbled on something completely by accident while I was looking for a different thing! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to share your comment. It always make me happy to learn new information.

      Happy New Year and thanks for reading!

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