Hope Connections for Cancer Support is a Bethesda nonprofit organization. It provides support groups and mind-body classes for cancer patients. They were founded in the early 2000s by Bonnie and Bernie Kogod where they started the Michele Susan Kogod Fund to honor the daughter they had lost to cancer. Paula Rothenberg joined as their president in 2004 and together, they created a space where people affected by cancer could come together to support and connect with each other. In 2020, they purchased the historic Grosvenor Mansion that allows a beautiful space and an abundance of room for their programs.
Grosvenor Mansion was designed by master architect Arthur Berthrong Heaton and constructed in 1928 by Gilbert Grosvenor, founder of the National Geographic Society. He lived there with his wife, Elsie May Bell Grosvenor - daughter of Alexander Graham Bell - for 40 years. The mansion is an impressively large Tudor Revival manor house, with distinctively asymmetrical sections intended to reflect earlier and later styles; timber and stucco on the east end and rubblestone on the west.
The Durable Restoration Company will help transform the Grosvenor Mansion into the new Hope Connections center. Our scope of work includes slate roof repair, stone façade repair, and exterior carpentry repair to the facility.
Photographs from the Montgomery County Historical Society Collection, Rockville, MD. Architectural drawings from Library of Congress, Arthur B. Heaton Collection, ADE Units 965 and 966.