Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A City in Itself
— Columbia Heights Heritage Trail —
Columbia Heights by the mid 1920s was a center of white elite activity and commerce. The elegant, Neoclassical style Riggs Bank branch and the Italian Renaissance style Tivoli Theater opened to great acclaim. Soon after, radio station WRC moved into the bank building, its rooftop tower advertising the wondrous new technology.
Harry Crandall's Tivoli was among the largest and grandest theaters in Washington. People literally danced in the streets the day it opened. The 2,500-seat theater hosted live shows as well as films. It was Washington's first movie house equipped for "talkies," movies with sound.
With these two anchors, Columbia Heights in 1928 was "practically independent of downtown Washington," proclaimed the Washington Post. Then the housing demands of the Great Depression and World War II led some to subdivide the larger houses. New residents in the 1950s demanded more affordable goods and services. Soon the discount department store Morton's arrived, and the number of night spots increased.
Like many other DC theaters, the Tivoli was segregated until forced by the Supreme Court in
Erected 2009 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 3.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Communications • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 38° 55.828′ N, 77° 1.943′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Park Road Northwest and 14th Street Northwest, on the right on Park Road Northwest. Along the south side of the Tivoli Theater. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3301 14th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Amusement Palace (within shouting distance of this marker); After the Hard Times (about 400 feet away, measured Main Street (about 700 feet away); Holmead Legacy (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Wilson Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Latino Intelligence Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Pleasant: The Immigrants' Journey (approx. ¼ mile away); Mount Pleasant Library (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on March 7, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 26, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 5. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.