Deanwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
With These Hands
A Self-Reliant People
— Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail —
Up the hill to your left are several signature handcrafted houses, Beginning in the late 1800s, Deanwood attracted skilled black migrants, who freely passed on their know-how.
In the 1920s Jacob and Randolph Dodd built about 50 structures in Deanwood, including numbers 906, 910, 920, 925, 928, and 929 48th Street. They bought lots or built on those owned by white developers, often to designs of Lewis W. Giles, Sr. Randolph Dodd regularly trained, hired, and aided Deanwood's craftsmen. To save money, the Dodds installed windows only in the front and back of the houses. Owners sometimes cut side windows later.
Louis Jasper Logan worked as a brick mason and general contractor in DC, building homes for his family at 4905 Meade Street and 1000 48th Place. According to the family, Logan arrived from North Carolina in the 1920s with training from North Carolina A&T, “a peanut crop, and $100 in this pocket.” Logan parlayed these into success, “led a humble life, yet died a millionaire” known for his generosity.
Edward L. Wright of 47th Place, another self-sufficient craftsman, built Deanwood's first television
As you walk along Sheriff Road to Sign 9, note that road grading that took place years after the houses were built left some of the houses far below or above street level.
Erected 2009 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 8.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 38° 54.166′ N, 76° 56.021′ W. Marker is in Deanwood in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 48th Street Northeast and Sheriff Road Northeast, on the right when traveling north on 48th Street Northeast. Marker is in the side yard of 4803 Sheriff Road Northeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4803 Sheriff Road 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. From Gardens to Garden Apartments (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shopping on Sheriff (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jacob Dodd-built Houses (approx. Shaping Strong Minds (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Whirl on the Ferris Wheel (approx. ¼ mile away); Lewis Giles, Sr.'s Home and Office (approx. ¼ mile away); Lederer Gardens (approx. 0.3 miles away); From Rural to Residential (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deanwood.
Also see . . .
1. A Self-Reliant People. Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail, Cultural Tourism DC. (Submitted on March 14, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Jacob Dodd-built houses, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
3. Randolph Dodd Home, African American Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 477 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on July 21, 2020, by Bruce Guthrie of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3. submitted on July 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 13, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.