Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fashionable 16th Street
Village in the City
—Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail —
After decades on the city's wish list, in 1903, 16th Street was straightened and extended to Spring Road, several blocks north of here. This improvement, coupled with the arrival of the electric streetcar, made airy Mount Pleasant an attractive location for residential building. Suddenly, it was easy to commute downtown and back.
Two decades earlier, Mary Foote Hamilton, socialite developer and wife of Senator John Henderson, had begun working to make 16th Street the city's most fashionable. The couple lived in Henderson Castle (now demolished) at 16th and Florida Avenue. She lured embassies from France, Spain, Mexico Cuba, Lithuania, Italy, and Poland to 16th Street. Henderson also had the street re-named Avenue of the Presidents, but that lasted only one year.
When the Kenesaw Apartment House across the park opened in 1906, it led a wave of luxury apartment building here. The Kenesaw housed members of Congress and other prominent Washingtonians. Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson and his family lived there in 1915 while their house at 1843 Irving Street was under
In 1913 the Kenesaw owners donated today's park land to the city. President Coolidge dedicated this sculpture of Francis Asbury, the first bishop in America in 1924.
Erected 2006 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 1 of 17.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher marker series.
Location. 38° 55.651′ N, 77° 2.195′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 16th Street, NW, just north of Harvard Street, NW, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Francis Asbury (a few steps from this marker); The Trolley Arrives in Mount Pleasant (within shouting distance of this marker); Everyday People (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Turbulence and Change (about 500 feet away); The Wilson Center (about 500 feet away); Social Justice (about 600 feet away); Upheaval and Activism (about 600 feet away); Ambassadors of Faith (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
More about this marker. Picture captions:
The luxurious Kenesaw Apartment House, left, designed by architect George M. Stone, below, contained a pharmacy, visible on left, and a café.
[Map in center of marker]:
The site plan for the Kenesaw shows old 16th St., now Mt. Pleasant St., and Kenesaw Ave., now Irving St.
[Two pictures in lower left of marker]:
From left, Carolyn Ann, Hazel, Robert, Edwin and Walter Jr., the family of famed Senators pitcher, Walter "Big Train" Johnson, below right, on their Irving St. porch.
[Picture in lower right of marker]:
Mount Pleasant residents Christina and Barbara Leckie, dressed up for Easter pose next to the statue in Asbury Park in 1954.
[Pictures of street sign in lower right of marker]:
This sample sign was designed for the renaming of 16th St. as Avenue of the Presidents in 1913.
Additional keywords. Adams-Morgan, Columbia Heights.
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