McClean Gardens in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Woodley Inn
In the late nineteenth century, a rural retreat called the Woodley Inn rose near what became Massachusetts Avenue and 38th Street. Before the advent of air conditioning, wealthy families summered on the heights overlooking the city to escape the humidity of Washington. The Chevy Chase Hunt occasionally led off from the Woodley Inn, following packs of imported fox hounds. The inn burned down in a spectacular fire in February 1910. Its 35 guests, mostly women and children, escaped in their night clothes. The Tenleytown fire fighting brigade lacked ladders that could reach the third floor of the wooden building. A resident of the tower had to climb to the ground using rope made from sheets and blankets. Ironically, firemen were not summoned using this callbox, which would most likely have been the closest to the inn. Even in 1910, callboxes were already beginning to be outpaced by technology. The $41,000 fire, which started in the kitchen or basement, was reported by telephone.
Artist: Peter Waddell
Repairs and restoration of this callbox were financed by generous contributions to the Washington Art on Call Committee from Cathedral Heights neighbors and from Art on Call, a program of Cultural Tourism DC, with support from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Creates Public Art Program,
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Location. 38° 55.915′ N, 77° 4.366′ W. Marker is in McClean Gardens, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Woodley Road Northwest and Wisconsin Avenue NW on Woodley Road Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20016, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Nourse Farm (a few steps from this marker); Why Are These Stones Here? (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); All Hallows Guild (about 600 feet away); The Road to Fort Duquesne (about 800 feet away); Washington National Cathedral (approx. 0.2 miles away); Herb Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); 9. Rosedale (approx. 0.2 miles away); 5. Site of Red Top (approx. ¼ mile away).
Categories. • Architecture • Disasters •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 80 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 1, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.