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Adams-Morgan in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lanier Place
Roads to Diversity

— Adams Morgan Heritage Trail —
 
Lanier Place Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, March 15, 2009
1. Lanier Place Marker
 
Inscription. Banker Archibald McLachlan and Smithsonian Institution naturalist George Brown Goode developed Lanier Heights in the early 1890s. Goode laid out streets and encouraged Smithsonian colleagues to purchase lots. McLachlan built the elegant Ontario Apartments, visible ahead and to the left on then-rural Ontario Road. More apartments and row houses followed. By 1935 Lanier Heights was considered a close-in, city neighborhood.

In 1908 the city built the Mission style firehouse mid-block to your left. Generations of neighborhood children played in front of it, considering the firefighters their personal guardians. The community saved the deteriorating facility from demolition in 1975.

During the 1920s, most residents of this block were German Jews. Many came from Old Southwest [D.C.], including Rabbi Moses Yoelsen, father of entertainer Al Jolson (1787 Lanier Place). Like much of the area, Lanier Place eventually grew less affluent as families of means left for newer suburban housing.

In the 1960s Adams Morgan drew a younger, mixed population, giving the area a reputation as activist and community conscious. Lanier Place became a hub of anti-establishment politics. Members of Students for a Democratic Society lived at 1779 Lanier Place. Black Panthers, American Indian Movement workers, and the Berrigan brothers
 
Lanier Place Marker, reverse Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, March 15, 2009
2. Lanier Place Marker, reverse
"Fire fighters pose in front of Engine Company 21 and Truck Company 9, to your right [across Ontario Rd. from marker]." Collection of Jack Gerhart
 
(Catholic priests and anti-war activists) all passed through. The Mayday Tribe, anti-war organizers, created a commune at 1747. After a bombing at the U.S. Capitol in 1971, F.B.I. agents staked out 1747 in search of witness Leslie Bacon. She was chased along the rooftops of these buildings and apprehended.
 
Erected 2005 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 7 of 18.)
 
Location. 38° 55.505′ N, 77° 2.452′ W. Marker is in Adams-Morgan, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Ontario Road south of Lanier Place, NW, on the right when traveling west. 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. The Latino Community (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ambassadors of Faith (approx. ¼ mile away); Social Justice (approx. ¼ mile away); Life on the Park (approx. ¼ mile away); The Roots of Reed-Cooke (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse Thieves (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fashionable 16th Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Campus to Army Camps and Back Again (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Adams-Morgan.
 
More about this marker. [Caption, photos in upper right]:
George Brown Goode, right, and Archibald McLachlan first developed Lanier Heights.

[Caption, group of three photos in center]:
Ontario Apartments dwellers, clockwise from left, Confederate widow and author Sally Pickett, General Douglas MacArthur, and Wisconsin Senator Robert LaFollette.

[Caption, photo in lower left]:
Rennie Davis of the Chicago Seven lived at 1738.

[Caption, two photos in lower right]:
Among Lanier Place’s Jewish residents, liquor distributor and philanthropist Milton S. Kronheim (1764 Lanier Pl.), above, and Rabbi Moses Yoelsen (1767 Lanier Pl.), left.
 
Lanier Place Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, March 15, 2009
3. Lanier Place Marker
 

 
Also see . . .  Adams Morgan Heritage Trail markers that have been entered in the Historical Marker database. (Submitted on March 28, 2009.)
 
Additional keywords. Gilded Age, social change, activism, civil disobedience.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 23, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,267 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 23, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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