Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
This section of 15th St.
—Diverse Visions/One Neighborhood —
This section of 15th St. and the east-west blocks meeting it were developed mainly from 1874 to 1887 by a group of speculative investors. The house at the corner of 15th and Q Sts. was built earlier, in 1864.
St. Augustine's, Washington's first black Catholic Church, grew from the Blessed Martin School (honoring Saint Martin De Porres), which opened in the 1100 block of 15th St. in 1858. Dedicated in the 1860s as St. Augustine's Church - the church later moved to the 1700 block of 15th St. and then to 15th and V Sts.
At 1733 16th St. stands the House of the Temple (above), the headquarters building of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. It was designed by John Russell Pope, architect of the National Archives, the National Gallery, the Jefferson Memorial and several churches and residences. Built 1911-1915, the temple was modeled on the mausoleum of Halikarnassos, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Its council room is 100 feet high.
Fire Alarm Boxes such as this one (originally painted red) were installed in the District after the Civil War. Telegraphs transmitted the box number (top) to a fire alarm center. This system was used until the 1970s when the boxes were converted to a telephone system. By the 1990s, the callbox system had been replaced
Fire Fact | 1893
"Betwixt the fires and deadly wires/
And hydrants plugged with ice/
A "busted" hose, and other woes/
It can't be very nice."
From Fire and Water, 1893, describing the firefighter's job.
Fire Department information and images courtesy of Capitol Fire Museum
Artist | Tom Jennings
Tom Jennings is a local artist specializing in ink drawings and logo design.
Tour guide, map and artist information for all 22 boxes available at: www.DupontCircleCallBox.com
Erected by Art on Call. (Marker Number 249.)
Location. 38° 54.851′ N, 77° 2.08′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street NW and S Street NW, on the right when traveling south on 15th Street NW. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1503 S Street NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Georgia Douglas Johnson Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wesley Cromwell Residence (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Strong Families and Eminent Citizens (about Todd Duncan Residence (about 800 feet away); Charlotte Forten Grimke House (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Magic Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Shared Neighborhood (approx. 0.2 miles away); At 1740 New Hampshire Ave. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
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