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American University Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Set in Stone

Top of the Town

 

—Tenleytown Heritage Heritage Trail —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 1, 2018
1. Set in Stone Marker
Inscription. You are standing on the west side of Mt. Airy, a subdivision spanning Wisconsin Avenue laid out in the late 1890s. Mt. Airy evolved into a dense, working-class neighborhood, where policemen and dairymen lived in modest houses.

Among them were the Perna and Porto families which eventually gave Tenleytown five generations of building tradesmen. Stone mason Frank Perna arrived from Italy during the late 1880s to work on federal construction projects. Twenty years later brother Louis joined him. They formed Perna Brothers in Tenleytown, near both raw materials and the demand for new housing. Their sister Anna Maria married Benjamin Porto, also a stone mason. The Pernas and Portos, and their descendants, worked in stone and construction, building entire houses, as well as fireplaces, walls, and foundations.

You can see the families' handiwork straight ahead at 4619 and 4621 42nd Street and nearby on Chesapeake Street (4112-4118). They worked on the Washington Monument, St. Columba's Episcopal Church, and buildings at Glen Echo. The Portos constructed 4319 Ellicott Street, among other houses.

Although Washington's small Italian community centered downtown when Frank Perna arrived — close to building projects on Capitol Hill — shoemakers Giovanni Errigo and Tony Bredice and barber Frank Errigo
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By Devry Becker Jones, January 1, 2018
2. Set in Stone Marker
also found their opportunities in Tenleytown.

Around 1912 builder, former Marine Bandsman and second-generation Tenleytowner Frederick W. Parks built a double house for his family at 4115 Chesapeake Street, one block to your right. Three more generations enjoyed the sturdy frame structure until it was razed in 1962.
 
Erected 2010 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tenleytown Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 57.005′ N, 77° 4.926′ W. Marker is in American University Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 42nd Street Northwest and River Road Northwest on 42nd Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4614 42nd Street Northwest, Washington DC 20016, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Touch with the World (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Luis Alves De Lima E Silva (about 400 feet away); A Spirit of Community (about 800 feet away); Early Inhabitants (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beer, Popcorn, and Penny Candy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reno City (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Commerce (approx. ¼ mile away); Reservoir/Reno City (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in American University Park.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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