A Spirit of Community
Top of the Town
—Tenleytown Heritage Trail —
St. Columba's became independent of St. Alban's in 1924, and two years later the current church was built. It showcases the work of Tenleytown Stone Masons Louis and Frank Pern and their sons.
In 1975, St. Columba's joined forces with nearby St. Ann's and Eldebrook churches to create Iona House, an experiment in comprehensive social services. Iona House operated from St. Columba's old clapboard rectory until 1990. Its successor, Iona Senior Services, then moved into a new building where Police Precinct No. 8 once stood, across 42nd Street.
When Bernard Janney School opened in 1925, it brought Tenleytown's first public library and
Caption of Top Photo
Janney School students mark George Washington's birthday, February 1955.
Caption of Photo on Lower Right
Principal Nell Hiscvox distributes forms to third graders in the newly desegregated Janney School, September, 1954.
Text on Reverse Side
Tenleytown's story begins with Native American footpaths that crossed at the highest natural elevation in what would become Washington, DC. European settlers broadened the paths into roads, and in the late 1700's the enterprising John Tennally opened a tavern at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and River Road. Soon a community known as Tennallytown surrounded the tavern. Until the early 1880's Tennallytown remained a village amid rural Washington County, where about a dozen tightly-knit and often inter-married families dominated daily life. Then modern transportation made Tenleytown easily accessible to downtown and pushed it into the 20th century.
Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail shows you where, during the Civil War, the Union Army
Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail is an official Washington DC Walking Trail. The self-guided tour of 19 signs, just under 3 miles, offers about two hours of gentle exercise.
Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail, a free booklet capturing the trails highlights, is available in both English and Spanish language editions at local businesses and institutions along the way. To learn about other DC neighborhoods, please visit www.CulturalTourismDC.org
Erected 2010 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 12.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tenleytown Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 56.876′ N, 77° 4.925′ W. Marker is in American University Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Albemarle Street Northwest near 42nd Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4201 Albemarle Street Northwest, Washington DC 20016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Also see . . .
1. Janney Elementary School. (Submitted on February 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. Janney Elementary School, National Register of Historic Places Profile. (Submitted on February 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2013, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 1, 2013, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.