Adams Morgan in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Life on the Park
Roads to Diversity
—Adams Morgan Heritage Trail —
The building across Euclid Street once was painted pink and called the Pink Palace. Mrs. Henderson commissioned it as she began creating her elite enclave. It was designed by her favorite architect, George O. Totten, Jr. (you can see the Pink Palace in the cartoon on this sign). An early owner, Delia Field, widow of Chicago department store mogul Marshall Field, entertained the Prince of Wales here in 1919. Architect Totten lived at 2336 16th Street, later home of the Antioch Law School. Totten would design 11 grand houses, including the elegant 2460 16th, first occupied by the French Embassy. Mrs Henderson originally offered Totten’s 2801 16th Street to the U.S.
At left is Dorchester House, briefly the residence of John F. Kennedy and his sister Kathleen in 1941. Across 16th Street is Meridian Hill Hall, Howard University’s first co-ed dormitory. It opened in 1942 as apartments for women war workers at a time of severe housing shortages.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Adams Morgan Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 55.382′ N, 77° 2.197′ W. Marker is in Adams Morgan, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 16th Street, NW just south of Euclid Street , NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse Thieves (a few steps from this marker); Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lithuania's March to Freedom (about 300 feet away); Campus to Army Camps and Back Again (about 300 feet away); Visionary and Park Champion (about 400 feet away); Creating the "City Beautiful" Design Challenges (about 400 feet away); Park Designers (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Adams Morgan.
More about this marker. At the top of the monument is a photo of Houses later razed for Meridian Hill Park, around 1918. On the right is a photo of a dwelling in the park, captioned, Among the designs George Oxley Totten, below, created for Mrs. Henderson was the Louis XIV-style house Embassy of France at 2460 16th Street. Also seen is a drawing of Weyland Seminary, 15th and Euclid Sts., which operated here until it merged into Virginia Union University in Richmond in 1892.
Lower on the right is a photo of the area. The Pink Palace stood out on sparsely built Meridian Hill, 1907. In the lower left is a photo of John F. Kennedy and his sister Kathleen visiting London in 1941, the year they lived in Dorchester House. And to the bottom right are photos illustrating Meridian Hill Apartments. Laborers, right, finish Meridian Hill Apartments, 1942, where two war workers enjoyed modest quarters, above.
Also see . . . Adams Morgan Heritage Trail markers that have been entered in the Historical Marker database. (Submitted on March 20, 2009.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • War, US Civil • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,560 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on March 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 15, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4. submitted on March 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 5. submitted on March 15, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on March 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 16. submitted on April 25, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.