3rd National Office - 10701 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD
“Dr. Johnson thought our members would have a fit if they thought we were working in a mansion. He said all of our references were to be to Corby House.”
- Luella Cannon oral history, April 2014
This office was an interim headquarters from 1977-1981 located on the grounds of the former Corby estate, which had been built in 1903 and owned by Charles Corby, founder of the Corby Baking Company. ASHA purchased the Corby home and 30 surrounding acres from the Sisters of the Holy Cross who had acquired the property in 1943 and established a school for girls on the grounds. The Association was to erect a new building on the site made necessary by the steadily increasing membership and the expanding responsibilities of the National Office.
In 1979, Montgomery County purchased the home and 11 adjoining acres from ASHA for a new performing arts center. Under the terms of the contract, ASHA was allowed to remain in the Corby mansion until completion of the new 47,000 square foot National Office on the edge of the property.
By the time the Association moved into its permanent quarters, membership had topped 35,000 and ASHA had a new name – the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a new Executive Director – Dr. Frederick Spahr.