Anacostia in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An East-of-the-River View
—Anacostia Heritage Trail —
This block is also distinguished by the work of two locally prominent architects. Lewis W. Giles, Sr. designed the two apartment buildings at 1222 U (1933) and 1218 (1940). Across the street, George T. Santmyers contributed the Georgian style row of 1233-1255 U Street in 1925 and 1926.
Like many aging DC neighborhoods, Anacostia fell into decline in the 1960s. In response to zoning changes, between 1950 and 1970 Anacostia went from a community of mostly single-family houses to one dominated by hastily built apartments and public housing projects. Urban renewal elsewhere had pushed people with few resources into Anacostia. Schools were overcrowded, city services were strained, and crime plagued many blocks. Conditions were so bad that in 1971 neighborhood leaders filed a lawsuit claiming that discriminatory DC government policies and neglect were to blame.
Though the lawsuit was dismissed, leaders pressed
Erected 2013 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 20 of 20.)
Location. 38° 51.972′ N, 76° 59.238′ W. Marker is in Anacostia, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of U Street Southeast and 13th Street SE, on the left when traveling west on U Street Southeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1263 U St SE, Washington DC 20020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mother Churches and Their Daughters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Neighborhood Oasis (about 500 feet away); Uniontown, DC's First Suburb (about 600 feet away); Booth's Escape (about 600 feet away); The Big Chair (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Big Chair The World’s Largest Chair (about 700 feet away); Transit and Trade (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anacostia.
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