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 F. 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, one of the 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 offices.
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.
Georgetown’s Call Box restoration project is part of a city-wide effort to rescue the District’s abandoned fire and police call boxes. Known as Art on Call, the project has identified more that 800 boxes for restoration. Neighborhood by neighborhood, they are being put to new use as permanent displays of local art, history and culture. The Georgetown project highlights the anecdotal history of Georgetown and its unique heritage as a thriving colonial port town that predated the District of Columbia.
Police alarm boxes such as this one (originally painted blue) were established for police use starting in the 1880s. An officer on foot - as most were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - used the box to check in regularly with his precinct or to
Art on Call is a program of Cultural Tourism DC with support from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Creates Public Art Program, District Department of Transportation, and Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Citizens Association of Georgetown, Georgetown University
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
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 NW and O Street NW, on the right when traveling north on 37th Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1307 37th St NW, Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named America's Oldest Catholic University Poulton Hall (a few steps from this marker); John Carroll (within shouting distance of this marker); S/Sgt. Richard F. Hoffman, A.A.F. (within shouting distance of this marker); Healy Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); La Casa Latina (about 300 feet away); The Black House (about 300 feet away); John Fitzgerald Kennedy (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
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