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Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Czech Row

Village in the City

 

— Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 24, 2017
1. Czech Row Marker
Inscription.  
Like the Latino immigrants of recent times, Europeans left the political and economic hardships of home for a better life in the United States. Following the 1948 communist coup of Czechoslovakia a "Czech Row" or "Prague Road" enclave developed in the 2000 block of Park Road. Among its exiles were a four-star general and a former ambassador to Turkey. American Sokol, an offshoot of a Czech fitness movement, offered activities for all neighborhood children. Sokol had particular meaning for Czech expatriates as it was banned in Czechoslovakia during both the Nazi and communist eras.

Czech Row's residents reveled in their tall trees and lush views of the park, recalled Dagmar Hasalova White, the general's daughter. Other European newcomers found a touch of home in this setting. Former residents Mike Najarian and Bill Katopothis recalled how their mothers made stuffed grape leaves from vines in the alley behind nearby Irving Street. For Ruby Pelecanos, living on Irving Street in the 1940s, the neighborhood included a number of Greek families who attended "Greek School" at St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church. Ruby's father immigrated
Czech Row Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 24, 2017
2. Czech Row Marker
to Washington in 1908 and operated a number of small restaurants downtown and in Chevy Chase. Her son George grew up to write thrillers set in Washington.

During the 1960s, Mount Pleasant, like Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan, offered affordable housing that appealed to political activists, artists, and unconventional family groups. Blue Skies, a group housed devoted to anti-war work and social justice, owned and occupied 1910 Park Road in the early 1970s.
 
Erected 2006 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail series list.
 
Location. 38° 56.014′ N, 77° 2.742′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Pierce Mill Road Northwest and Park Road Northwest, on the right when traveling north on Pierce Mill Road Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2016 Pierce Mill Road 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. Voices at Vespers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Defying the Restrictive Covenants (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nacotchtank Family at the Piney Branch Quarry, ca. 1600
Czech Row Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 24, 2017
3. Czech Row Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Twenty-seven Little Flags (approx. ¼ mile away); Changing Fashions (approx. ¼ mile away); Klingle Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); Rebuilding in the Wild (approx. ¼ mile away); Aldabra Tortoise (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
Czech Row Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 24, 2017
4. Czech Row Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 175 times since then. Last updated on July 17, 2020, by Bruce Guthrie of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 24, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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