LeDroit Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Flower Garden of Washington
—LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail —
Brothers-in-law Amzi L. Barber and Andrew Langdon purchased land here, and in 1873 hired local aIchitect/builder James McGill to erect substantial houses. Each McGill house was unique, though all were Victorian in style with turrets, bay windows, and elaborate porches. Greenery and flowers between the unfenced Yards created boundaries and privacy. Barber lived in the grand house you see across Sixth Street. While many McGill houses remain, others have been replaced by rowhouses and apartment buildings.
A fence surrounding LeDroit Park kept it exclusive. The fence also stopped residents of Howardtown, an African American community to LeDroit's north, from cutting through. But the fence's days were numbered because the city refused to install sewers and pave streets here while it remained In 1887 after real estate developer Charles E. Banes purchased land in Howardtown, he enlisted neighbors to tear down a section of the barrier. “Howardtown emptied its whole energetic life upon the spot” noted a reporter. Finally in 1891 Amzi BaIber transferred LeDroit Park's streets to the District government, the fence came down for good, and streets were renamed to match the city system. African
In 1910 the Howard Theatre, built for black audiences, opened across, Florida Avenue. Performers often found lodging at rooming houses such as 525 T Street when they couldn't stay at white-owned hotels. The legendary venue was shuttered for many years, but thanks to public and private investment it re-opened as a performance and restaurant space in 2012.
Erected 2013 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 1 of 16.)
Location. 38° 54.938′ N, 77° 1.209′ W. Marker is in LeDroit Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Florida Avenue NW (U.S. 29) near 6th Street NW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 T Street NW, Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (within shouting distance of this marker); The Doctor Is In (within shouting distance of this marker); Howard Theatre (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Willis Richardson Residence Armed Resistance (about 500 feet away); Dunbar Theater/Southern Aid Society (about 500 feet away); The University Next Door (about 600 feet away); T Street Elites (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LeDroit Park.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Categories. • African Americans • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on November 19, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 25, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4, 5. submitted on November 23, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. submitted on August 25, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.