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

A Neighborhood For Everyone

Tour of Duty

 

—Barracks Row Heritage Trail —

 
A Neighborhood For Everyone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, July 3, 2012
1. A Neighborhood For Everyone Marker
Inscription. THE BUILDINGS NEAR THIS CORNER were built during a wave of private development that began after the United States won the Spanish-American War in 1898, and became a world power for the first time. As America flexed its muscles, the world — and Eighth Street — felt the impact. In response, the Marines began rebuilding the Barracks in 1901, and the Navy Yard expanded the following year. The growing work force needed more housing and services too.

New buildings soon filled in vacant lots or replaced old structures along Eighth Street. In 1908 the Washington and Mechanics Savings Bank, later the City Bank, went up on this corner as the row’s first bank, reflecting the area’s bright economic prospects.

Eastern European and Asian immigrants, as well as American-born blacks and whites, joined the area’s already diverse pre-Civil War population. Diagonally across the street from this sign stands 701 Eighth Street, built in 1902 by Irishman James O’Donnell as a combination store and apartment building. O’Donnell ran a drugstore on the first floor and rented the second- and third-floor “flats.” Ten years later, Louis Rosenberg built 545 Eighth Street, across Eighth from this sign, as four independent stores (one of which was his shoe store) topped with apartments. Rosenberg was one of many Eastern European Jews

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By Kevin Vincent, July 3, 2012
2. Washington and Mechanics Savings Bank
to choose the neighborhood. By 1939 the Southeast Hebrew Congregation (organized in 1909) was large enough to purchase a permanent meeting place at 417 Ninth Street. In 1962, the old Academy Theater became the home of the purposely bi-racial Peoples Church, a Christian ministry of reconciliation.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 6 of 16.)
 
Location. 38° 52.89′ N, 76° 59.69′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Eighth Street, SE and G Street, on the right when traveling north on Eighth Street, SE. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oldest Post of the Corps (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Commerce and Community (about 400 feet away); Healing the Wounded (about 500 feet away); John Philip Sousa (about 600 feet away); Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. (about 700 feet away); Christ Church and Its Parishioners (about 700 feet away); In the Alley (about 700 feet away); Christ Church, Washington Parish (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Capitol Hill.
 
Also see . . .  Barracks Row Heritage Trail information.
545 Eighth Street image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, July 3, 2012
3. 545 Eighth Street
(Submitted on July 4, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on December 2, 2016.
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