Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
History Preserved and Adapted
Georgetown began in the 1740s as a tobacco port, where ships departed for Britain, Europe and the West Indies filled with flour, lumber, coal, grain and, above all, tobacco. The fine harbor brought visitors and goods and, with them, prosperity and acclaim. Warehouses and mills flourished here, but eventually the waterfront became saturated with noxious odors, soot and waste as industries produced an unsightly collection of abandoned warehouses, junk yards, salt piles and parking lots. In 1949 construction of an elevated highway required demolition of several historic structures. Dismay at the loss of these buildings hastened passage of the Old Georgetown Act of 1950, which preserved the character of Georgetown above M Street - but not below. Finally, in 1967 the Georgetown waterfront was designated a National Historical Landmark, but misuse and neglect continued for years until the courts allowed rezoning.
A number of creative architects and developers responded by preserving and adapting the remaining old buildings with imaginative designs. Architect Arthur Cotton Moore was one of the first. In 1970 he converted a derelict 19th-century
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the DC, Art on Call series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1740.
Location. 38° 54.143′ N, 77° 3.55′ W. Marker is in Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of K Street Northwest and 30th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling east on K Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1025 Thomas Jefferson Street Northwest, Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Duvall Foundry (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Herring Highway (about 600 feet away); Georgetown Historic District (about 700 feet away); William O. DouglasMule Power (about 700 feet away); Georgetown and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (about 700 feet away); At All Hours (about 800 feet away); Creating a National Park (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 24 times this year. Last updated on January 27, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1. submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. 2. submitted on January 27, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.