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Eastland Gardens in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Eastland Gardens

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

— Between Kenilworth and Anacostia Avenues, and Lee and Ord Streets, NE —

 
Eastland Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2018
1. Eastland Gardens Marker
Inscription.  Water and land embrace one another here in Eastland Gardens, adjacent Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. The Neighborhood dates to 1928 when a group of developers call Eastland Gardens Inc. bought some 150 acres of the former Benning Racetrack property and began constructing houses. Over 150 Eastland Gardens homes – Many still owned by the original families in 2010 – were designed by prominent architects including Romulus C. Archer, Jr., Lewis W. Giles, Sr., John A. Lankford, Howard Mackey, Sr., James A. Plater, James L. Turner, and Roscoe I. Vaughn. Many early residents overcame their era’s racial barriers, such as Owen Davis, who became DC’s first black police captain in 1965.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the African American Heritage Trail series list.
 
Location. 38° 54.216′ N, 76° 56.67′ W. Marker is in Eastland Gardens in Washington
Eastland Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2018
2. Eastland Gardens Marker
, District of Columbia. Marker is on Lee Street Northeast east of 42nd Street Northeast, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4115 Lee Street Northeast, Washington DC 20019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mayfair Mansions / Albert I. Cassell (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); “What Magic Has Been Wrought Here” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Designed to Compete (approx. ¼ mile away); From Gambling to Garden Apartments (approx. ¼ mile away); 100 Years of Afro-American History (approx. ¼ mile away); "We're Not Forgotten" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Shopping on Sheriff (approx. 0.4 miles away); With These Hands (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
4400 Nash Street, Northeast image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2018
3. 4400 Nash Street, Northeast
Laurence Herndon built 4400 Nash St., NE, for his family in 1948. James L. Turner designed the house, which remained in the Herndon family in 2010.
Close-up of Herndon family photo on marker
4400 Nash Street, Northeast image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 4, 2018
4. 4400 Nash Street, Northeast
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Aug. 4, 2020