Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
America's Oldest Catholic University
Healy Hall, which faces the University's front gates, is named for Georgetown's 29th president, Rev. Patrick Healy, S.J., who served from 1873 to 1882. Father Healy, the son of an Irish father, and a mother who had been a slave, was the first African American president to head what has become a major research university. The south pavilion of Healy houses the Riggs Memorial Library, on of few remaining cast-iron libraries in the country. It is balanced in the north pavilion by Gaston Hall, the University's primary ceremonial space, named for Georgetown's first student, William Gaston, who later served in the U.S. Congress. Since 1879, Healy has made a striking Georgetown landmark with its 200-foot-high central clock spire visible up and down the Potomac River.
Behind Healy Hall is the original quadrangle, where the Old North Building houses classrooms and faculty
President George Washington addressed students from the front porch of Old North in 1797 as did the Marquis de Lafayette in 1824. Among Georgetown's alumni are President William J. Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, National Basketball Association player and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Patrick Ewing, Sr., actor John Barrymore and Senate Majority leader George Mitchell
Location. 38° 54.455′ N, 77° 4.292′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 37th Street and O Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north on 37th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Restoration of Georgetown’s Call Boxes (here, next to this marker); John Carroll (within shouting distance of this marker); Healy Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Fitzgerald Kennedy (about 400 feet away); Holy Trinity Parish Jan Karski (n. Jan Kozielewski) (1914-2000) (about 400 feet away); Holy Trinity Church (about 600 feet away); Hollywood on the Potomac (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Georgetown.
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