Adams-Morgan in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Life on the Park
Roads to Diversity
—Adams Morgan Heritage Trail —
The building across Euclid Street once was painted pink and called the Pink Palace. Mrs. Henderson commissioned it as she began creating her elite enclave. It was designed by her favorite architect, George O. Totten, Jr. (you can see the Pink Palace in the cartoon on this sign). An early owner, Delia Field, widow of Chicago department store mogul Marshall Field, entertained the Prince of Wales here in 1919. Architect Totten lived at 2336 16th Street, later home of the Antioch Law School. Totten would design 11 grand houses, including the elegant 2460 16th, first occupied by the French Embassy. Mrs Henderson originally offered Totten’s 2801 16th Street to the U.S. government for a vice president’s residence. The government declined, so Spain took it for its embassy.
At left is Dorchester House, briefly the residence of John F. Kennedy and
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 4 of 18.)
Location. 38° 55.382′ N, 77° 2.197′ W. Marker is in Adams-Morgan, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 16th Street, NW just south of Euclid Street , NW. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse Thieves (a few steps from this marker); Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lithuania's March to Freedom (about 300 feet away); Campus to Army Camps and Back Again (about 300 feet away); Visionary and Park Champion (about 400 feet away); Creating the "City Beautiful" (about 400 feet away); Design Challenges (about 400 feet away); Park Designers (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Adams-Morgan.
More about this marker. At the top of the monument is a photo of Houses later razed for Meridian Hill Park, around 1918. On the right is a photo
Lower on the right is a photo of the area. The Pink Palace stood out on sparsely built Meridian Hill, 1907. In the lower left is a photo of John F. Kennedy and his sister Kathleen visiting London in 1941, the year they lived in Dorchester House. And to the bottom right are photos illustrating Meridian Hill Apartments. Laborers, right, finish Meridian Hill Apartments, 1942, where two war workers enjoyed modest quarters, above.
Also see . . . Adams Morgan Heritage Trail markers that have been entered in the Historical Marker database. (Submitted on March 20, 2009.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons • Politics • War, US Civil • War, World II •
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