Adams Morgan in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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— Adams-Morgan Heritage Trail —
This hill, with its sweeping views of Washington and the Potomac, has tantalized visionaries since the 1800s. But few of their plans have been built.
In 1873 businessman and city commissioner Thomas P. Morgan (whose name survives as part of Adams-Morgan) created Oak Lawn, a four-story, Second Empire mansion, where the upper edge of the Washington Hilton sits today. Oak Lawn honored the property's 400-year-old "Treaty Oak," said to be the site of treaty negotiations between English settlers and Native Americans. Over time the property appealed to George Washington University, the Grand Lodge of Masons, and even controversial modern architect Frank Lloyd Wright. But the university and the Masons couldn't raise needed funds, and Wright's elaborate scheme for "Crystal Heights" - 21 glass towers with apartments, hotel rooms, theater, restaurants, stores, 1,500 parking spaces, and roof-top gardens cascading down the hill - was rejected by city officials.
Morgan's house remained until 1952, when it was razed. The Treaty Oak was thoughtlessly cut down a year later. Finally, in 1965 the Washington Hilton opened here. It became
To your right is the former site of Gunston Hall School, which educated young women here from 1906 until 1942. Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry S. Truman, was a graduate.
Erected 2005 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Education • Native Americans • Peace. In addition, it is included in the Adams Morgan Heritage Trail, the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman, the Former U.S. Presidents: #40 Ronald Reagan, and the Historic Trees 🌲 series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is March 30, 1981.
Location. 38° 54.956′ N, 77° 2.713′ W. Marker is in Adams Morgan in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on T Street Northwest west of Florida Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2050 T 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. President Reagan Assassination Attempt (within shouting distance of this marker); McClellan Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in Wyoming Apartments (about 500 feet away); General Manuel Belgrano (about 600 feet away); Embassy of the Republic of Malta (about 700 feet away); "Best Addresses" (about 800 feet away); Architects and Architecture (approx. 0.2 miles away); Educational Institutions (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Adams Morgan.
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Captions from the marker:
Oak Lawn mansion, built by Thomas Morgan, with the Treaty Oak at left.
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Frank Lloyd Wright presents plans for Crystal Heights.
One of Gunston Hall School's four buildings.
Members of the Gunston Hall School Camera Club.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 29, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.