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Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Georgetown Heights

 
 
The Georgetown Heights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 11, 2017
1. The Georgetown Heights Marker
Inscription. Occupying the most prominent site on the Georgetown Heights overlooking Georgetown, the Potomac River and Virginia is the Georgetown Branch Library. The library houses the Peabody Room, an archive devoted to the history of Georgetown. The archive was named after George Peabody, a wealthy merchant who donated funds for a library in 1875. The current library was built in 1935 on the site of the former Georgetown Reservoir. Its graceful Georgian Revival architecture is reminiscent of the prevailing style used in Georgetown during the 18th century.

Another fine example of Georgetown architecture is found at Dumbarton Oaks, at the corner of 32nd Street. This Federal-style house was built in 1800, and later purchased in 1933 by Ambassador and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, great collectors, and music lovers. Igor Stravinsky composed his Dumbarton Oaks Concerto for their 30th wedding anniversary, In 1944 the music room was the site of the Dumbarton Oaks Conferences, which established the core principles embodied in the charter of the United Nations.

The Blisses, aided by noted landscape gardener Beatrix Ferrand, spent years perfecting the house and its extensive gardens. They gave the property and the world-class collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art, as well as an endowed research library and connection, to Harvard
The Georgetown Heights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 11, 2017
2. The Georgetown Heights Marker
University Philip Johnson designed a gallery, a glass jewel-perfect example of modern architecture to house its Pre-Columbian collection.
 
Location. 38° 54.819′ N, 77° 3.946′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on R Street Northwest when traveling east. Click for map. At the entrance to the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3260 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007, Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Original Georgetown Reservoir (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW (about 600 feet away); Dumbarton Oaks (about 700 feet away); Hilleary's Smiling Corner (about 700 feet away); Garage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Watching the Flames (approx. 0.2 miles away); South Lawn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Parrott Ropewalk (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Categories. ArchitectureArts, Letters, Music
 
the Georgetown Neighborhood Library image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 11, 2017
3. the Georgetown Neighborhood Library
The View of Rosslyn Virginia image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 11, 2017
4. The View of Rosslyn Virginia
from the Marion Martin Republican Club Bench, behind the Georgetown Neighborhood Library.
George Peabody (1795-1869) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 11, 2017
5. George Peabody (1795-1869)
This 2015 Bust of George Peabody by Jeannette Murphy stands in the Peabody Room on the third floor of the Georgetown Neighborhood Library.
Weathervane image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 11, 2017
6. Weathervane
at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library
George Peabody<br>Philanthropist image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 11, 2017
7. George Peabody
Philanthropist
On April 20, 1867, donated a fund to establish a public library in the city of Georgetown, where he had “Commenced business for himself in early Youth."
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A Library was maintained from 1875 to 1935 in the Curtis School building under the name of the Peabody Library.
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Upon the erection of this building in 1935 the books were placed in the Georgetown Branch of the Public Library. A collection of Historical data relating to Georgetown is maintained in the east room of the second floor.
Plaque in the Peabody Room on the 3rd floor of the Georgetown Neighborhood Library
Dumbarton Oaks image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 11, 2017
8. Dumbarton Oaks
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 93 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on February 15, 2017.
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