Kalorama Triangle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Roads to Diversity
—Adams Morgan Heritage Trail —
You are standing in the Kalorama Triangle Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1987. Most of its elaborate houses were built between 1888 and 1930 in what was then the "Washington Heights" subdivision. They survive as a fine collection of Washington rowhouse styles.
The word Kalorama (from the Greek for "beautiful view") comes from the 30-acre estate here above Rock Creek named by poet and diplomat Joel Barlow. He purchased Kalorama in 1807 upon President Thomas Jefferson's urging. Jefferson called the estate "a most lovely seat" with "superb house and gardens."
Kalorama was among a handful of such estates here through the 1880s. Then electric streetcars arrived. In 1891 the Rock Creek gorge was bridged at the site of today's Duke Ellington Bridge and in 1897 the Columbia Road streetcar line opened. Like today, new transportation led to development. Around 1915 Colonel George Truesdell divided his Managassett estate to build the elegant Mendota and Altamont apartments nearby on 20th Street and Wyoming Avenue. The Woodward family of Woodward & Lothrop department stores razed their mansion to build 2101 Connecticut Avenue. Kalorama Park, just down the hill from this sign, was once the estate of John Little, whose house survived until the 1920s.
Erected 2005 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 12 of 18.)
Location. 38° 55.295′ N, 77° 2.615′ W. Marker is in Kalorama Triangle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Columbia Road Northwest north of Mintwood Place NW, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1835 Columbia Road NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Artistic Life (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tragedy at 18th and Columbia (about 600 feet away); A People Without Murals Is A Demuralized People (about 700 feet away); "Suburban" Development (about 700 feet away); Serving the Neighborhood Walter Pierce Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Urban Renewal Era (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Buried at Mt. Pleasant Plains Cemetery, 1870-1890 (approx. ¼ mile away).
Categories. • Architecture • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 13, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.