16th Street Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Crossroads Create Community
Battleground to Community
— Brightwood Heritage Trail —
The Grand, Neo-classical Revival style building that you see across Georgia Avenue north of Missouri opened in 1925 as the Bank of Brightwood, thanks to efforts of the Brightwood Citizens Association. Designed by Treasury Department architect Arthur Blakslee, the bank's ornate Corinthian columns seem to say "this is a serious institution!" Its arrival reflected the area's growth as a place of business.
The community's development began in earnest after Congress united Washington City (south of Florida Avenue) with Washington County (north of Florida Avenue to the District Line) in 1871. Soon Land developers envisioned housing where farmers grew wheat.
First came Brightwood Park, just south of today's Emery Park: 82 acres of the estate originally granted to James White in 1772. Next came "White-Coft," west of today's Georgia Avenue at Madison Street, followed by North Brightwood, east of today's Georgia Avenue to Eighth Street and north from Rittenshouse to Tuckerman.
The bank supported these ventures, but failed in 1932, victim of the Great Depression and embezzlement. The Bank building was sold
The small Art Deco building beside the bank at 5915 was designed by William Russell as a restaurant with office space above. Its modern facade used glass blocks and large blue glass plates. In the 1940's George "Pops" Valltos operated the Seven Seas Grill there serving steaks and chops. In the 1970s, Jen Cheng and Lana H.C. Shao moved their Chinese restaurant there from Shaw, and decided the Seven Seas name worked for them as well.
Erected 2008 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 4.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Asian Americans • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco, and the Brightwood Heritage Trail series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
Location. 38° 57.659′ N, 77° 1.689′ W. Marker is in 16th Street Heights in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue Northwest (U.S. 29) and Missouri Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue Northwest. Marker is on the sidewalk between " 5798 Georgia Ave NW and 1200 Missouri Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5798 Georgia Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Build It And They Will ComeA Streetcar Named Brightwood (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rock on Brightwood Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Get Down You Fool” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aunt Betty's Story (approx. 0.2 miles away); School Days (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Stevens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Military Road School (approx. ¼ mile away).
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 738 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on April 6, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on May 22, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.