Navy Yard in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
One of DC's Oldest Neighborhoods
In 1815 the Washington City Canal, linking the Anacostia River to the Potomac via downtown Washington, was completed. The canal attracted businesses where it met the Anacostia River. Among the first was the eight-story sugar refinery of merchant Thomas Law. Law's refinery later became a brewery. James Barry traded here as well. (His farm across the Anacostia eventually was sold for the fabled Barry's Farm settlement of formerly enslaved men and women.) A tobacco inspection warehouse operated nearby. And, in the early years before the canal became polluted and unreliable, well-to-do Washingtonians built large houses near its banks.
Soon the Navy Yard, with its steady employment, dominated the neighborhood. At first a center of ship building, the yard shifted to weapons production and became the Naval Gun Factory. By the 1840s the grand homes of the early merchants were giving way to modest worker housing.
While Washington, DC expanded and modernized, this area, known as the Navy Yard section, saw little change. Small businesses and row houses gave the look of an aging small town. In the 1940s the city began replacing the old houses with affordable housing: the Carrollsburg (1941) and Arthur Capper (1956) Dwellings, and Carroll Apartments for seniors (1964). After the Southeast-Southwest Freeway isolated the
Erected by Canal Park, Capitol Riverfront, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, One City, District of Columbia Housing Authority.
Location. 38° 52.703′ N, 77° 0.197′ W. Marker is in Navy Yard, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of K Street Southeast and 2nd Place SE on K Street Southeast. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 M Street SE, Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Walk on the Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Water, Water Everywhere (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1919 (about 700 feet away); 1937 (about 700 feet away); 1932 (about 700 feet away); 1911 (about 700 feet away); 1925 (about 700 feet away); 1900/1920 (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Navy Yard.
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.