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U Street Corridor in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Edward “Duke” Ellington Residence

African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC

 

— 1805 13th Street, NW —

 
Edward “Duke” Ellington Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
1. Edward “Duke” Ellington Residence Marker
Inscription.  Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899—1974), the internationally renowned composer and musician born in Washington, DC, spend part of his youth here at 1805 13th Street, NW (1910—1914). During those formative years he studied classical piano as well as techniques of local ragtime pianists. Ellington played one of his first public concerts at the True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street, NW. By his early 20s, he had his own four-piece combo, Duke's Serenaders. He was a fixture on the U Street musical scene before moving to New York in 1923 and forming Duke Ellington and the Washingtonians. A hit in Harlem, Ellington launched a recording and composing career that brought him worldwide fame.
 
Erected by DC Cultural Heritage.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the African American Heritage Trail series list.
 
Location. 38° 54.861′ N, 77° 1.771′ 
Edward “Duke” Ellington Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
2. Edward “Duke” Ellington Residence Marker
W. Marker is in U Street Corridor in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on 13th Street Northwest north of S Street Northwest, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1805 13th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Whitelaw Hotel and “the Duke” (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Home Away From Home (about 500 feet away); Louise Burrell Miller Residence (about 500 feet away); Logan Circle Cistern and BayScape (about 600 feet away); Washington Afro-American Newspaper Office Building (about 600 feet away); Alain Locke Residence (about 700 feet away); “Contraband” to Community (about 800 feet away); A Magic Place (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in U Street Corridor.
 
Also see . . .  Edward “Duke” Ellington. DC Cultural Heritage Trail. (Submitted on December 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Duke Ellington image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
3. Duke Ellington
Close-up of Scurlock photo on marker
Edward “Duke” Ellington Residence image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
4. Edward “Duke” Ellington Residence
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 444 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 30, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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